KUALA LUMPUR: Ten people were convicted of cheating the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) by providing fraudulent documents for withdrawals between April and June this year. EPF general manager (public relations) Nik Affendi Jaafar said they were sentenced to jail and fined by the court, adding that one of them received the maximum RM10,000 fine.
During the same period, 26 other EPF members were charged with cheating or attempting to cheat under Section 59 of the EPF Act 1991.
Nik Affendi said the EPF action taken against offenders indicated its continuous efforts to protect the retirement savings of members.
"Cheating the EPF by submitting fraudulent documents or information to withdraw savings is a very serious offence under the EPF Act 1991," he said in a statement here Thursday.
He said those convicted of the offence but returned the money to the EPF within six months of the conviction date, would be allowed to make the same withdrawal after two years from the date the money was returned.
Meanwhile, those who did not return the money or only returned them after six months from the date of conviction, would lose their rights to make the same withdrawal forever.
Nik Affendi said most of the convicted members were found to have been lured by a syndicate to commit the offence as it took advantage of their financial problems.
He advised those who wanted to withdraw their EPF savings to deal directly with the EPF.
This was vital to ensure their retirement savings did not fall into the wrong hands, he said.
Nik Affendi called on those with information on the syndicate to lodge a report by calling the EPF Anti-Fraud hotline at 03-2616 2121 during working hours. - BERNAMA
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