TNB man­ager charged with cor­rup­tion

> 13 counts of graft to­talling RM125,200

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KOTA BARU: Te­naga Na­sional Ber­had man­ager Ar­man Che Oth­man was charged in the ses­sions court here yes­ter­day with 13 counts of cor­rup­tion and money laun­der­ing to­talling RM125,200.

Ar­man, 47, pleaded not guilty to all the charges af­ter they were read be­fore judge Nazri Is­mail.

Eleven of the charges were made un­der Sec­tion 17(a) of the Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) Act 2009, and the re­main­ing two un­der Sec­tion 4 (1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laun­der­ing, Anti-Ter­ror­ism Fi­nanc­ing and Pro­ceeds of Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties Act 2001.

On the 11 charges un­der the MACC Act, Ar­man was charged, al­legedly with ac­cept­ing grat­i­fi­ca­tion, to­talling RM61,000, from a con­trac­tor to ap­prove the progress re­port for projects.

The of­fences were com­mit­ted at the Pub­lic Bank branch in Kota Baru and Tanah Merah be­tween Septem­ber 2013 and July 2014.

The charge pro­vides an im­pris­on­ment for up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the grat­i­fi­ca­tion, or RM10,000, which­ever is higher, on con­vic­tion.

On the two other charges, the first count was for al­legedly us­ing RM9,000 from an ac­count be­long­ing to KS Maju So­lu­tion, which were pro­ceeds ob­tained from un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties, at the Wakaf Siku Pub­lic Bank branch be­tween Sept 18 and Dec 21, 2013.

On the sec­ond count, Ar­man was charged with en­gag­ing in money laun­der­ing, in­volv­ing RM55,200 from an ac­count be­long­ing to KS Maju So­lu­tion, at the same place be­tween Jan 1 and Oct 18, 2014.

He faces im­pris­on­ment of up to five years, or a fine of up to RM5 mil­lion, or both, if found guilty.

Nazri al­lowed Ar­man bail of RM40,000 in one surety for all the charges and or­dered him to sur­ren­der his pass­port to the court. The court set Nov 15 for men­tion. – Ber­nama

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