A Permanent resident, Shafia binti Haji Talip, who is a former officer of the Loan Centre Department, Baiduri Bank Kiarong was brought to Bandar Seri Begawan's Magistrate Court for an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act and two charges under the Penal Code.

For the charge under the Prevention of Corruption Act, investigation by the Anti-Corruption Bureau found that around May 2011, the defendant had corruptly attempted to obtain from a male Filipino national, a gratification, amounting 40 thousand dollars as a reward to obtain approval of Baiduri Bank's SME Instalment Loan.

For the charge under the Penal Code, investigation conduct by The Anti-Corruption Bureau revealed that on 25th November 2010, the defendant has deceived the same male Filipino national into believing that the sum of 1 thousand 200 dollars was required to be paid to another person as processing fee for the approval of SME Financing Scheme at Baiduri Bank. Around May May 2011, the defendant had attempted to cheat the same male Filipino national by deceiving him into believing the sum of 1 thousand 200 hundred dollars to 2 thousand dollars was required to be paid to another person as processing fee for the approval of SME Financing Scheme at the said bank.

When the defendant was brought to Court, the defendant pleaded not guilty to all 3 charges and she was released on bail amounting to 10 thousand dollars, or 2 local sureties with the condition that the defendant avoid contact with the witness and for the defendant's passport to be impounded. The case was fixed for further mention on 23rd of this month at 10 in the morning.

Source: Radio Television Brunei