MACC wrapping up probe on oil pipeline project

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  • Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) expects to wrap up investigations into the alleged swindling of RM7mil from an oil company over a pipeline project in Malacca by next week.

The commission has recorded the statements of all nine company directors, who were initially believed to be proxies of the main suspect, but are actually witnesses in the case.

The main suspect is a managing director of an oil and gas company who allegedly took a bribe from a sub-contractor for appointing him and approving a falsified invoice in the RM76mil project.

The nine directors became witnesses when investigations revealed that they did not benefit from the scam.

Another 20 people, comprising bank officers, Companies Commission of Malaysia representatives, company secretaries, auditors and executives, were reportedly summoned by MACC last week to facilitate investigations.

A source said the commission will attempt to finish taking statements from all the witnesses by this week.

“They were summoned because they could provide supporting statements that can be used as evidence.

“We will try to complete the investigations this week,” the source told The Star Tuesday.

The source said the commission is aiming to submit the investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor next week.

“We will wait for the DPP to decide on whether or not to proceed with the charges,” the source said.

Earlier this month, the MACC picked up a former accountant linked to the main contractor of the project.

The woman, in her 40s, was hired during the time the project was scheduled to start and worked between 2011 and 2014.

The MACC also froze 17 bank accounts totalling RM5.5mil, and seized a double-storey house, several luxury cars including four Rolls-Royce and a Ferrari, and two motorcycles.
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