More caught making fraudulent EPF withdrawals

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 15 Oct 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: Errant contributors to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) are at it again. 

This time, 26 members were caught withdrawing their savings or attempting to do so fraudulently under the Incapacitation Withdrawal scheme in Penang and Perak. 

Some of them had used forged medical certificates from government hospitals although they had not been patients there. 

Describing the actions of these members as unscrupulous, EPF senior public relations manager Nik Affendi Jaafar said the fund would go all out to stop the culprits. 

“It is sad that some members have to resort to fraud in this manner. 

“What is even sadder is that some of them will not get the full sum, as a large portion of the withdrawals goes to third parties who are paid to help get the contributors’ hard-earned savings out before the age of 55,” he said in a statement yesterday. 

Nik Affendi said the members withdrew their savings using “copycat” contents in the medical reports, incomplete letterheads of the “issuing” hospitals, blurred names and by forging signatures of doctors. 

“We found out the medical reports they used were forged after we double-checked with various hospital directors and medical officers in Penang,” he said. 

In August, police questioned 312 EPF members for working hand in glove with two local colleges to make fraudulent withdrawals for education amounting to RM1.6mil. 

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