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RM500,000 fine for false bank statements

Published on: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

By: Cynthia D. Baga

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The court ordered Rita to pay RM10,000 or five months in jail for each charge.

Kota Kinabalu: A 31-year-old woman was fined a total of RM500,000 on 50 counts of producing false bank statements to the Sabah Department of Education in order to secure contracts worth one million ringgits to supply meals at hostels and schools in several districts of the state.Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat handed down the sentence to Rita Pangeran, who changed her plea and pleaded guilty to the alternative charges against her on Monday. The court ordered Rita to pay RM10,000 or five months in jail for each charge.

Counts 1 through 50, Rita was accused of using fake bank statements she obtained from 21 people and then produced the fake documents to the state Department of Education to get the offers. of cooked food to hostels and schools. Schools and hostels included SMK Pitas II, Pitas, SMK Sepulot, Nabawan, SMK Lohan, Ranau, SMK Bundu Tuhan, Ranau, SK Pekan Pensiangan, Nabawan, SK Ulu Tomani, Tenom, SMK Sook, Keningau, SMK Gunsanad II, Keningau, SMK Kundasang, Ranau, SK Tetagas, Nabawan, SK Kebulu Sook, Keningau and SMK Matupang Jaya, Ranau. The charges said Rita obtained the fake bank statements for June, July and August 2014, 2015 and 2018 from several companies of the 21 people to obtain the contracts between 2016 and 2021. Rita produced the fake bank statements to the Department of L state education here between August 26, 2014 and November 6, 2018. Alternative charges made under Article 471 of the Penal Code and punishable under Article 465 of the same code carry a term of imprisonment up to two years or a fine, or both, if convicted.

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Rita had paid the fine on Monday. The court heard the 21 had leased their business licenses to Rita, who handled the entire process to secure the tenders. The details of all documents that were bank statements had been changed. Rita had paid them between RM1,500 and RM20,000 per month for the duration of the contracts. Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Deputy Attorney General Nurul Izzati Sapifee appeared for the prosecution while Barrister Datu Baginda Datu Laja defended Rita.

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The 21 people accused of encouraging Rita to use the forged documents admitted to the charges against them and were sentenced accordingly.

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