PETALING JAYA: A former senior administrative officer with a non-governmental organisation under the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and a "fake professor" have been detained by graft busters.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested the 44-year-old man, who was formerly with the International Council for Scientific Union Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ICSU-ROAP), over an alleged misuse of power and misappropriation of funds involving RM3mil from 2012 to 2017 on Monday (Jan 29).
The senior officer is believed to have forged signatures to obtain approval from ASM to carry out ICSU-ROAP programmes that he had handled.
Initial investigations revealed that the suspect had worked closely with his 57-year-old friend, a civil servant who disguised himself as a professor from a local university and a scientist representing the country for ICSU-ROAP programmes overseas.
Sources said the senior officer had forged the ICSU-ROAP director's signature in claim documents for the programmes that were organised.
"The senior officer had also issued invoices, hotel bills, flight tickets and other documents that are suspected to be fake.
"Half of the expenses never existed. He did that to channel the funds to his personal bank account.
"He is believed to have misappropriated funds related to 73 local and overseas programmes organised by ICSU-ROAP," sources said.
Sources added that the suspect created a fictitious accountant who "approved" the hotel and flight ticket surcharges to be transferred to the suspect's personal bank account.
It is learnt that ICSU-Paris had channeled 75mil euros (RM361mil) to ASM through the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry while the Finance Ministry channels RM1mil annually to ASM.
MACC investigations director Datuk Simi Abd Ghani said the two suspects were arrested at a condominium in Kuala Lumpur at noon Monday.
They will be remanded at the Putrajaya magistrate's court on Tuesday (Jan 30).
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