MELAKA, Jan 17 — Three businessmen pleaded not guilty at the Ayer Keroh Sessions Court here today to a charge of submitting false claims to the Social Security Organisation (Socso) for incentives under the Penjana Kerjaya 2.0 programme totalling RM108,900, two years ago.
Darus Jidin, 49, Kamaruddin Ab Kadir, 58, and Mohd Fahmi Fikri Mohd Nor, 30, made the plea after all the charges were read separately before Judge Elesabet Paya Wan.
Darus, as the owner of D-J Warisan Enterprise, was charged with submitting the Employee Verification Form of the Employment Incentive Programme that contains false details to a Sosco agent to claim the incentive amounting to RM46,400.
He was alleged to have submitted the names of new workers who were not under the employment of his company, at the Melaka Socso office, Ayer Keroh, on March 9, 2021.
As for Kamaruddin, he was charged with the same offence in the name of Syafi Muhjah TC, involving claims amounting to RM23,800, at the same place on May 18, 2021.
Meanwhile, Mohd Fahmi Fikri also faced the same charge in the name of Arrizqi 46 Enterprise involving claims amounting to RM38,700 at the same place on May 29, 2021.
All the charges were framed under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.
The court allowed Darus bail at RM10,000, while Kamaruddin and Mohd Fahmi Fikri at RM8,000 each and ordered them to surrender their passport to the court and report themselves to the nearest MACC office on the first week of every month.
The court also set February 17 for mention.