EPF employees quizzed in fraud probe

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  • Thursday, 06 Mar 2003


PETALING JAYA: Police are investigating the possibility that several employees of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) are involved in a syndicate using fake documents to make illegal withdrawals from the fund. 

According to the police, the money was then channelled into a joint account at a local bank. 

A high-powered police team headed by state CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Abu Bakar Mustafa, state commercial crimes chief Supt Lat Mazura and district commercial crimes chief Asst Supt S. Muniandy is investigating the case. 

“We recorded statements from four employees at the EPF headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. 

“We are investigating how the syndicate got the money banked into the account,” said SAC Abu Bakar at a press conference yesterday. 

The illegal withdrawals came to light when an Indonesian woman, in her mid-20s, tried to take out RM150,000 from a joint account at a bank in Sungai Buloh on Feb 17 using a fake identity card bearing the particulars of a 20-year-old woman. 

SAC Abu Bakar said a bank employee, who suspected something amiss, detained the woman and contacted the police. 

“The money was part of over RM322,000 that had been withdrawn from the fund earlier,” he said, adding that the amount was paid out following an application by a woman claiming to be the beneficiary of a deceased contributor. 

Police are now looking for two people said to be holders of the joint account to help in their investigations. 

They are Mas Ayu Abdul Talib, I/C 831208-04-5126, whose last known address is Jalan Padang Kemunting, Masjid Tanah, Malacca, and Mohd Daud Mohd Tahir, I/C 590510-08-6151, whose last known address is 2, Blok 3, Rumah Panjang Danau Kota, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. 

Those with information on their whereabouts can contact ASP Muniandy at 03-7956 2222, ext 343. 

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