Another contractor remanded in Sabah Education Dept fraud case

SANDAKAN: Another contractor has been remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in connection with a fraud case involving a fake bank statement used to obtain a multi-million ringgit tender from the State Education Department (JPNS).

The 52-year-old man is being remanded for seven days, starting on Friday (Jan 18) to facilitate investigations into the use of fake bank statement to acquire a tender worth RM2.2mil for a school in Beluran in 2016.

The case is being probed under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009 for providing documents such as receipts/invoices that are false or contain false details with the intention to deceive the principal.

He was among 27 people detained state-wide by MACC over the past few days over fake bank statements used to secure tenders from JPNS between 2016 and 2018.

It is believed that among those nabbed were directors and owners of companies that allegedly acquired contracts and tenders worth more than RM20mil by using false documents.

According to sources, the contracts involved supplying food to school hostels, among other things.

The contractors were possibly fronting for bigger players, they added.

However, the sources said investogators were going through documents to establish if the contractors were paid off by others to use their trading licences.

They are also looking at the possibility that certain department officials were involved.