Case Summaries

Date of Sanction Case Case Number Entity Type Entity Number Period
20 Apr 2015

Fraudulent practice
Upon investigation, OAI found that one of the owners/director of a bidder, Firm A, was the Secretary to the Bid Evaluation Committee. Firm A’s other owner/director had categorically declared, as the Authorized Representative in the bid, that Firm A had no conflict of interest. OAI found that Firm A and its directors/owners had engaged in fraudulent practice by failing to disclose the conflict.

All three parties accepted OAI’s findings and proposed sanction of 1 year.

14-051-15-04 Individual 2 1 year
20 Apr 2015

Fraudulent practice
Upon investigation, OAI found that one of the owners/director of a bidder, Firm A, was the Secretary to the Bid Evaluation Committee. Firm A’s other owner/director had categorically declared, as the Authorized Representative in the bid, that Firm A had no conflict of interest. OAI found that Firm A and its directors/owners had engaged in fraudulent practice by failing to disclose the conflict.

All three parties accepted OAI’s findings and proposed sanction of 1 year.

14-051-15-04 Firm 1 1 year
13 Mar 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI received information that a firm bidding for a TA may have submitted a consultant’s CV without the consultant’s permission. The bid was submitted via ADB’s Consultant Management System. 

The consultant confirmed to OAI that the CV was used without permission. Subsequently, the firm, through its principal officer, admitted that including the CV had been a mistake and that it had been submitted for illustrative purposes. 

OAI found the actions of the firm and its principal officer to be reckless and referred the case to the Integrity Oversight Committee (IOC). The IOC determined that the firm and the principal officer had engaged in fraudulent practice and debarred them both for 2 years. To prevent circumvention of the debarment, a firm controlled by the principal officer was also debarred for 2 years.

14-007-1503 Firm 2 2 years
13 Mar 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI received information that a firm bidding for a TA may have submitted a consultant’s CV without the consultant’s permission. The bid was submitted via ADB’s Consultant Management System. 

The consultant confirmed to OAI that the CV was used without permission. Subsequently, the firm, through its principal officer, admitted that including the CV had been a mistake and that it had been submitted for illustrative purposes. 

OAI found the actions of the firm and its principal officer to be reckless and referred the case to the Integrity Oversight Committee (IOC). The IOC determined that the firm and the principal officer had engaged in fraudulent practice and debarred them both for 2 years. To prevent circumvention of the debarment, a firm controlled by the principal officer was also debarred for 2 years.

14-007-1503 Firm 2 2 years
13 Mar 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI received information that a firm bidding for a TA may have submitted a consultant’s CV without the consultant’s permission. The bid was submitted via ADB’s Consultant Management System.

The consultant confirmed to OAI that the CV was used without permission. Subsequently, the firm, through its principal officer, admitted that including the CV had been a mistake and that it had been submitted for illustrative purposes.

OAI found the actions of the firm and its principal officer to be reckless and referred the case to the Integrity Oversight Committee (IOC). The IOC determined that the firm and the principal officer had engaged in fraudulent practice and debarred them both for 2 years. To prevent circumvention of the debarment, a firm controlled by the principal officer was also debarred for 2 years.

14-007-1503 Individual 1 2 years
26 Feb 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI independently confirmed that a firm bidding for an ADB-financed contract had submitted a fraudulent bid security. The firm, through its Director, admitted to the fraud and cooperated with OAI’s investigation. 

The IOC sanctioned the firm and its Director for 2.5 years, taking into account their cooperation with OAI’s investigation.

13-051-1502

Individual

1 2.5 years
26 Feb 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI independently confirmed that a firm bidding for an ADB-financed contract had submitted a fraudulent bid security. The firm, through its Director, admitted to the fraud and cooperated with OAI’s investigation.

The IOC sanctioned the firm and its Director for 2.5 years, taking into account their cooperation with OAI’s investigation.

13-051-1502 Firm 1 2.5 years
26 Feb 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI independently confirmed that a firm had submitted false work certificates in its bids for ADB-financed contracts.  When asked to clarify, the firm denied participating in the two bids and claimed that some other person might have used its credentials and corporate documents.  OAI, however, found that the firm previously submitted similar false work certificates in bids it won in 2008 and 2010. When confronted with this information, the firm no longer denied and accepted responsibility. 

The IOC determined that the firm and its sole proprietor engaged in fraudulent practice by submitting false work certificates in four bids from 2008 to 2012, and debarred them for a period of 5 years. The IOC deemed as aggravating factors the duration and frequency of the integrity violation and the obstruction of investigation as the firm made false statements to OAI when it repeatedly denied participating in the 2012 bids.

13-025-1502 Individual 1 5 years
26 Feb 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI independently confirmed that a firm had submitted false work certificates in its bids for ADB-financed contracts.  When asked to clarify, the firm denied participating in the two bids and claimed that some other person might have used its credentials and corporate documents.  OAI, however, found that the firm previously submitted similar false work certificates in bids it won in 2008 and 2010. When confronted with this information, the firm no longer denied and accepted responsibility.

The IOC determined that the firm and its sole proprietor engaged in fraudulent practice by submitting false work certificates in four bids from 2008 to 2012, and debarred them for a period of 5 years. The IOC deemed as aggravating factors the duration and frequency of the integrity violation and the obstruction of investigation as the firm made false statements to OAI when it repeatedly denied participating in the 2012 bids.

13-025-1502 Firm 1 5 years
18 Feb 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI investigated allegations of fraud, collusion and conflict of interests committed by firms and individuals to mislead the procurement decision in an ADB-financed project. 

OAI established that the firms and individuals have systematically misrepresented information in the bid proposals and colluded in favor of one firm. The firms and individuals also failed to disclose conflicts of interest, which improperly influenced the procurement processes and contract awards.   

Considering the systematic nature and seriousness of the integrity violations, the IOC determined that the sanctions imposed on one firm and one individual should be published. 

14-002-1502 Individual 1 2 years

18 Feb 2015

Fraudulent and collusive practices, conflict of interest
OAI investigated allegations of fraud, collusion and conflict of interests committed by firms and individuals to mislead the procurement decision in an ADB-financed project.

OAI established that the firms and individuals have systematically misrepresented information in the bid proposals and colluded in favor of one firm. The firms and individuals also failed to disclose conflicts of interest, which improperly influenced the procurement processes and contract awards.

Considering the systematic nature and seriousness of the integrity violations, the IOC determined that the sanctions imposed on one firm and one individual should be published.

14-002-1502 Individual 4 3 years
18 Feb 2015

Fraudulent and collusive practices, conflict of interest
OAI investigated allegations of fraud, collusion and conflict of interests committed by firms and individuals to mislead the procurement decision in an ADB-financed project. 

OAI established that the firms and individuals have systematically misrepresented information in the bid proposals and colluded in favor of one firm. The firms and individuals also failed to disclose conflicts of interest, which improperly influenced the procurement processes and contract awards.   

Considering the systematic nature and seriousness of the integrity violations, the IOC determined that the sanctions imposed on one firm and one individual should be published. 

14-002-1502 Individual 1 4 years
18 Feb 2015

Fraudulent and collusive practices, conflict of interest
OAI investigated allegations of fraud, collusion and conflict of interests committed by firms and individuals to mislead the procurement decision in an ADB-financed project.

OAI established that the firms and individuals have systematically misrepresented information in the bid proposals and colluded in favor of one firm. The firms and individuals also failed to disclose conflicts of interest, which improperly influenced the procurement processes and contract awards.

Considering the systematic nature and seriousness of the integrity violations, the IOC determined that the sanctions imposed on one firm and one individual should be published.

14-002-1502 Individual 1 5 years
18 Feb 2015

Fraud
OAI investigated allegations of fraud, collusion and conflict of interests committed by firms and individuals to mislead the procurement decision in an ADB-financed project. 

OAI established that the firms and individuals have systematically misrepresented information in the bid proposals and colluded in favor of one firm. The firms and individuals also failed to disclose conflicts of interest, which improperly influenced the procurement processes and contract awards.   

Considering the systematic nature and seriousness of the integrity violations, the IOC determined that the sanctions imposed on one firm and one individual should be published.

14-002-1502 Firm 1 2 years
18 Feb 2015

Fraudulent and collusive practices, conflict of interest
OAI investigated allegations of fraud, collusion and conflict of interests committed by firms and individuals to mislead the procurement decision in an ADB-financed project.

OAI established that the firms and individuals have systematically misrepresented information in the bid proposals and colluded in favor of one firm. The firms and individuals also failed to disclose conflicts of interest, which improperly influenced the procurement processes and contract awards.

Considering the systematic nature and seriousness of the integrity violations, the IOC determined that the sanctions imposed on one firm and one individual should be published.

14-002-1502 Firm 1 3 years
18 Feb 2015

Fraudulent and collusive practices, conflict of interest
OAI investigated allegations of fraud, collusion and conflict of interests committed by firms and individuals to mislead the procurement decision in an ADB-financed project.

OAI established that the firms and individuals have systematically misrepresented information in the bid proposals and colluded in favor of one firm. The firms and individuals also failed to disclose conflicts of interest, which improperly influenced the procurement processes and contract awards.

Considering the systematic nature and seriousness of the integrity violations, the IOC determined that the sanctions imposed on one firm and one individual should be published.

14-002-1502 Firm 1 4 years
18 Feb 2015

Fraudulent and collusive practices, conflict of interest
OAI investigated allegations of fraud, collusion and conflict of interests committed by firms and individuals to mislead the procurement decision in an ADB-financed project.

OAI established that the firms and individuals have systematically misrepresented information in the bid proposals and colluded in favor of one firm. The firms and individuals also failed to disclose conflicts of interest, which improperly influenced the procurement processes and contract awards.

Considering the systematic nature and seriousness of the integrity violations, the IOC determined that the sanctions imposed on one firm and one individual should be published.

14-002-1502 Firm 1 5 years
5 Feb 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI received an allegation that a bidder submitted a fraudulent work experience certificate in its bid for a service contract financed under an ADB loan.  OAI confirmed that the certificate was fabricated and the bidder admitted to the fraud, by misrepresenting the certificate in its bid.  OAI sanctioned the firm for 2 years, which took into account the firm's cooperation with OAI's inquiries.

14-069-1502 Firm 1 2 years
29 Jan 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI received a complaint regarding potential fraud in the procurement of computer and office equipment, given that the three quotations received were significantly above market rates.

Upon investigation, OAI determined that the winning firm, a sole proprietorship, had engaged in fraudulent practice by fabricating the other two quotes. The proprietor also engaged in obstructive practice by provided OAI with false and misleading documentation relating to the fraudulent bid submission.

The IOC sanctioned the firm and its sole proprietor for 4 years.

14-038-1501 Individual 1 4 years
29 Jan 2015

Fraudulent practice
OAI received a complaint regarding potential fraud in the procurement of computer and office equipment, given that the three quotations received were significantly above market rates.

Upon investigation, OAI determined that the winning firm, a sole proprietorship, had engaged in fraudulent practice by fabricating the other two quotes. The proprietor also engaged in obstructive practice by provided OAI with false and misleading documentation relating to the fraudulent bid submission.

The IOC sanctioned the firm and its sole proprietor for 4 years.

14-038-1501 Firm 1 4 years
6 Jan 2015

Sanction violation while cross debarred
OAI determined that a firm and its authorized representative committed a sanction violation when the firm submitted a bid for an ADB project, while the firm was still was cross debarred. The World Bank had sanctioned the firm and it was cross-debarred by ADB for a three year period.

The firm and individual admitted to OAI that the firm submitted a bid during the cross-debarment period. The firm explained to OAI that it did not receive a notice of cross debarment from ADB, and that it has undertaken steps to strengthen its internal controls to prevent violations from recurring. The individual accepted OAI's proposed sanction of 3 years. For the firm, OAI took into consideration the mitigating circumstances above and proposed a sanction of 1 year, which the firm accepted.

14-052-1501 Individual 1 3 years
6 Jan 2015

Sanction violation while cross debarred
OAI determined that a firm and its authorized representative committed a sanction violation when the firm submitted a bid for an ADB project, while the firm was still was cross debarred. The World Bank had sanctioned the firm and it was cross-debarred by ADB for a three year period.

The firm and individual admitted to OAI that the firm submitted a bid during the cross-debarment period. The firm explained to OAI that it did not receive a notice of cross debarment from ADB, and that it has undertaken steps to strengthen its internal controls to prevent violations from recurring. The individual accepted OAI's proposed sanction of 3 years. For the firm, OAI took into consideration the mitigating circumstances above and proposed a sanction of 1 year, which the firm accepted.

14-052-1501 Firm 1 1 year