USM admin officer denies 52 gratification charges

BUTTERWORTH: An assistant administrative officer at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here to 52 counts of gratification totalling RM135,445.90.

Zurina Abdul Hamid, 43, made the plea before judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid.

She allegedly used her position to submit documents on delivery orders and invoices from TZP Ventures, a company she had interests in, for payment of office and sports equipment supplies.

The offences were allegedly committed at the USM Sports and Recreation Centre between Dec 31, 2013, and Dec 15, 2017.

All the charges were framed under Section 23 (1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act which provides imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the sum of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

Ahmad Azhari allowed Zurina, who was represented by lawyer S. Meharaj, bail of RM24,000 with one surety.

Zurina was also ordered to surrender her passport to the court and report herself to an MACC office every month.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Azlan Basri from MACC prosecuted.

The court set Nov 4 for mention. — Bernama

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