IPOH: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today obtained a remand order against six men for allegedly bribing Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) North and South Zone officers.
The remand was issued by Magistrate Noor Azreen Liana Mohd Darus at the magistrate's court here today.
Handcuffed and clad in orange MACC lock-up t-shirts, they arrived at the court compound at 10.20am. All of them are remanded until March 5.
According to a source, the men aged between 29 and 67 were arrested at several locations in the state during Ops Power yesterday.
They were suspected of bribing TNB officers amounting to between RM500 and RM15,000 per month as an inducement not to take action against them for stealing power to carry out Bitcoin crypto-currency mining activities and sawmill operations.
Initial investigations found that the total amount of bribes given to TNB officers was about RM153,500.
The case is being investigated under Section 17 (b) of the MACC Act 2009 which carries a maximum of 20 years jail, a fine five times the amount of the bribe, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Meanwhile, Perak MACC director Datuk Mohd Fauzi Mohamad when contacted, confirmed the remand.