RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority, also known as Nazaha, has made a series of arrests, it was announced on Sunday.
The criminal cases were brought forward recently, and regular procedures are being completed against the perpetrators. The most prominent cases are as follows:
1. In cooperation with the Ministry of Defense, two non-commissioned officers and two residents were arrested for their involvement in submitting incorrect documents which allowed them to spend SR1,300,000 between them in an illegal manner.
2. In cooperation with the Saudi Central Bank, three residents were arrested when they handed over SR4,000 to an employee of a local bank in return for depositing SR316,000 in cash in bank accounts belonging to commercial entities. The money was then transferred abroad without the employee filing a report raising suspicion about the account to the central bank. Investigations found that a total of SR2,981,000 was deposited in the accounts and transferred abroad.
3. Six residents who worked for companies that were contracted by government hospitals seized medicines not intended for sale and sold them to people in the Kingdom and smuggled some of them abroad. The medicine had an estimated value of SR1 million, and SR165,000 was found in the possession of the individuals.
4. In cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, a citizen was arrested when he handed over SR30,000 to a forensic employee in return for exchanging DNA samples to prove lineage.
5. A former employee who worked at the municipality of one of the governorates was arrested for receiving SR158,000 in return for obtaining land grants for a citizen from the municipality.
6. In cooperation with Saudi Central Bank, three former employees of a local bank were arrested for obtaining an amount of SR210,000 from a businessman in return for completing the procedures for requesting real estate financing in an illegal manner.
7. The security and safety manager of a private company was arrested when he received of SR30,000 in return for not recording violations of a company subcontracting with the company he works for, and facilitating the procedures for disbursing its dues amounting to SR1,500,000. He had received SR100,000 in total.
8. A former employee at the municipality of one of the governorates was arrested for receiving, during the time he was employed, SR80,000 in return for allowing construction violations in a building owned by a businessman who was also arrested.
9. A citizen working in an engineering office in one of the governorates was arrested for receiving SR20,000 in exchange for preparing an inaccurate cadastral report and issuing a building completion certificate for a site owned by two citizens.
10. In cooperation with the Saudi Central Bank, an employee of a commercial entity affiliated with a local bank was arrested when he received SR8,000 in return for facilitating the disbursement of payments for a real estate loan in an illegal manner.
11. An employee at the Ministry of National Guard, a former non-commissioned officer, a resident who previously worked for the ministry, and a notary public were arrested for issuing powers of attorney in the names of fictitious persons and trying to obtain government subsidies using those documents.
12. A resident was arrested for receiving SR28,000 in exchange for installing two electricity meters for two properties in one of the governorates without registering their data in the Saudi Electricity Company system.
13. A Ministry of Health employee in one of the governorates was arrested for receiving sums of money from a citizen, who was also arrested, in exchange for issuing medical reports for a number of patients at a mental health hospital. The reports were used to benefit from.
14. In cooperation with the Saudi Central Bank, a resident was arrested when he paid SR3,000 to an employee of a local bank in return for opening a bank account in the name of a commercial entity owned by a citizen so that he could use it to transfer funds outside the Kingdom.
15. A resident working as an engineer in an engineering consultancy office was arrested when he received SR10,000 in exchange for completing the procedures for updating a land deed with incorrect information. He was paid a total of SR400,000.
16. In cooperation with Saudi Aramco, a resident was arrested when he handed over SR25,000 to one of the company’s security employees in return for allowing him to seize materials from the company’s warehouses and overlooking the increased weight of the trucks he was driving when leaving a warehouse.
17. A resident working as an engineer in a company that was contracted by the Saudi Electricity Company was arrested for receiving SR47,658 in return for facilitating the issuing of professional licenses for a commercial entity in an illegal manner.
18. A resident working as an engineer in an engineering consultancy company in one of the governorates was arrrested for paying SR55,000 in exchange for contractual abuses for a project.
19. A resident was arrested when he received SR4,500 from a representative of a commercial entity contracting with the Ministry of Education at the request of an employee working in the Education Department of one of the governorates (who was also arrested) in return for facilitating the procedures for disbursing financial sums for projects. Investigations found that the employee requested SR1,500 per month from the representative of the commercial entity for the salary of a female citizen who was registered as an employee of the commercial entity, and her salaries were delivered to him in cash.