KUALA LUMPUR: A former company director was fined RM15,000 by the Sessions Court here on Wednesday (Nov 29) for using false bank statements to obtain tenders for cleaning services at the Kota Baru Court Complex four years ago.
Judge Azura Alwi handed down the sentence on Ahmad Faiz Fikrey Izani, 35, after he changed his plea to guilty at the mention of the case. He paid the fine.
The father of three is accused of using fake documents, namely a set of Maybank Islamic bank statements for the months of October, November and December 2018 to obtain the tender for the company.
The offence was committed at the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Putrajaya Federal Court at 12.01 pm on Feb 20, 2019.
The charge, framed under Section 471 of the Penal Code, provides imprisonment for up to two years or a fine or both, upon conviction.
Based on the facts of the case, on Jan 25, 2019, the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court, Putrajaya, advertised a tender for office cleaning and maintenance services at the new court complex in Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
The company belonging to the accused was among the 16 that qualified to advance to the next level and following an evaluation by the Finance Committee, his company ranked first with the lowest price offer compared to other companies.
Among the factors that won the company first place was the result of the financial evaluation of his company based on the three-month bank statements that were submitted.
Following an investigation by an officer of Maybank Wakaf Sibu, Kota Baru, it was found that the bank statements submitted by the accused for the procurement of the tender were forged.
In his mitigation, Ahmad Faiz, who was unrepresented, said he now helps his father in a welding workshop and has to support three children, aged between one month and four years.
"This is my first mistake. I am very sorry and promise not to repeat it,” he added.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Zander Lim Wai Keong prosecuted. - Bernama