LABUAN – A prominent local businessman and a former officer with a government-linked company (GLC) officer were charged in the Sessions Court here Monday with 56 counts of making fraudulent claims three years ago.
Datuk Kok Chung Fui, 43, and William AK Edmund Silla, 43, claimed trial to the charges before Judge Abu Bakar Manat Monday.
The businessman, a director of CK Oil and Gas Sdn Bhd was accused of submitting 28 false claims amounting to RM789,360.00 to Petronas Carigali.
William, who was the company’s former material coordinator officer, allegedly abetted with Kok by acknowledging the false invoices with his signature and company chop for the supply of materials which in reality were not delivered.
Both pleaded not guilty and are represented by counsel Korventt Wheezer.
Kok was charged under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act (MACC) 2009 and William charged under Section 28 read together with Section 18 (1) (b) of the 694 Act.
If convicted, it carries a maximum jail sentence of 20 years’ and a fine of not less than five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
MACC prosecuting officer Rozanna Abd Hadi proposed that all 56 charges be tried together and for the accused not to be allowed bail as the offences were non-bailable.
Rozanna told the court the duo committed the offences on September, 18, 2013 at Scomi Oiltools Sdn Bhd, Labuan Integrated Base, Labuan.
The judge however granted court bail of RM100, 000 each with RM50, 000 deposited under two local sureties.
Abu Bakar also ordered the duo to surrender their passports to the court on Monday (Feb 13) and to report to MACC office every first week of the month and fixed next trial on April 10.