GEORGE TOWN: Thirteen men, including several Penang Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas) officers, were detained over alleged criminal breach of trust involving RM9.5 million.
Penang Commercial Crimes CID chief ACP Abdul Ghani Ahmad said those detained, aged between 35 and 50, were arrested separately in the state from March 14 to Tuesday.
"We set up a special team to investigate the case after receiving a police report from Bernas on a criminal breach of trust case on March 14.
“We detained a Bernas officer at his place of work on March 14, before arresting the others, including several more Bernas officers in stages to help investigations," he said here yesterday.
Abdul Ghani said apart from the officers, others detained are lorry drivers and rice sellers.
He said police also seized several items, including cars, branded watches and laptops. Based on preliminary investigations, the group’s modus operandi was to sneak out rice from warehouses, without the knowledge of the management, and selling it to middlemen.
"Police investigations also found those detained had their own separate roles and are believed to have been involved in the activity for about two years," Abdul Ghani said.
He added that police are carrying out an in-depth investigating into the case and are looking for several others who could be involved. -- BERNAMA