Eleven business owners fined for falsifying bank statements to secure tender

KITA KINABALU (April 19): A total of 11 business owners were fined RM15,000 each by the Special Corruption Court here on Tuesday (April 19) for submitting fake bank statements to obtain a tender for the provision of ready meals for boarding schools amounting to over RM25.79 million between 2014 and 2018.

All pleaded guilty to three separate counts of presenting false documents after the charges were read before Judge Abu Bakar Manat.

The defendants were Rosnah Lutok, 33, Menly Masikar, 31, Erar Angsabung, 53, Tekenah Aring, 36, Naima Omopor, 47, Darius Pengeran, 29, Amira Atirah, 25, Irwan Gintaun, 34 , Asrin Songorou, 29, Pulali Angsabung, 31, and Sahadi Andawai, 23.

They were accused of fraudulently using false documents as genuine, namely bank statements submitted to the Sabah State Department of Education, to obtain a tender to supply ready meals to schools under the Department of Education in several districts of the state.

The charges against them were formulated under article 471 of the Penal Code, punishable under article 468 of the same code.

The court ordered them to pay a fine of RM5,000 for each of the charges and all the defendants paid the fine.

The prosecution was led by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecutor Nurul Izzati Sapifee, while the defendants were represented by attorney Datu Baginda Datu Laja.

Meanwhile, in the same court, two people also pleaded guilty to three counts of submitting false documents to obtain a tender to supply and deliver food to Kota Belud hospital between 2017 and 2018, amounting to over RM1.29 million.

The charges against the defendants, Emeylina Tanggauh, 38, and Faizal Mingin, 40, were brought under Article 471 of the Penal Code, which is punishable under Article 468 of the same code.

The court ordered the two, who were unrepresented, to pay RM5,000 for each of the charges. They paid the fine.

Shawanda H. Saldana