Case Summaries

Date of Sanction Case Case Number Entity Type Entity Number Period

21 December 2015

Fraudulent practices

A firm, through the actions of its agent committed fraudulent practices in relation to importation of vehicles for non-ADB clients and ADB staff. The firm benefitted from all the sales through commissions and after sales services. 

The firm cooperated fully with OAI’s investigation, temporarily suspended its operations in ADB, and took legal actions against its agent.

The firm accepted ADB’s proposed sanction of 3 years with conditions for reinstatement. 

15-035-1512

Firm 1 3 years

21 December 2015

Fraudulent practices

OAI received allegations that a bidder submitted a number of fraudulent work experience certificates in two separate bids totalling $12,235,420 on two ADB loans.  The executing agency disqualified the firm on both occasions. 

OAI confirmed that the certificates were fraudulent and the bidder admitted and confirmed that they were false.  The firm and its deputy general manager agreed to a proposed sanction of 4 years, which took into account both mitigating and aggravating circumstances.

14-043-1512
15-028-1512

Individual 1 4 years

21 December 2015

Fraudulent practices

OAI received allegations that a bidder submitted a number of fraudulent work experience certificates in two separate bids totalling $12,235,420 on two ADB loans.  The executing agency disqualified the firm on both occasions. 

OAI confirmed that the certificates were fraudulent and the bidder admitted and confirmed that they were false.  The firm and its deputy general manager agreed to a proposed sanction of 4 years, which took into account both mitigating and aggravating circumstances.

14-043-1512
15-028-1512

Firm 1 4 years

10 December 2015

Fraudulent practices

In 2014, OAI received a complaint to fraudulent practice in the implementation of contract under an ADB-financed project.

Investigations found that a firm and its proprietor had submitted a false bid security in its bid, which was confirmed twice by the supposed issuing bank.  

The IOC determined that the firm and its proprietor had defrauded ADB and imposed a 3 year debarment on the parties involved.

14-041-1512

Individual 1 3 years
10 December 2015

Fraudulent practices

In 2014, OAI received a complaint to fraudulent practice in the implementation of contract under an ADB-financed project.

Investigations found that a firm and its proprietor had submitted a false bid security in its bid, which was confirmed twice by the supposed issuing bank.  

The IOC determined that the firm and its proprietor had defrauded ADB and imposed a 3 year debarment on the parties involved.

14-041-1512

Firm 1 3 years

8 December 2015

Fraudulent practices

OAI investigated allegations of fraudulent practice by a firm in its bid for a civil work contract under an ADB-financed project. OAI established that the firm and its director submitted fraudulent past work experience and manufactured completion certificate to mislead the procurement decision.   

The firm and its director accepted OAI’s proposed sanctions of 3 years debarment.

14-016-1512

Individual 1 3 years

8 December 2015

Fraudulent practices

OAI investigated allegations of fraudulent practice by a firm in its bid for a civil work contract under an ADB-financed project. OAI established that the firm and its director submitted fraudulent past work experience and manufactured completion certificate to mislead the procurement decision.   

The firm and its director accepted OAI’s proposed sanctions of 3 years debarment.

14-016-1512

Firm 1 3 years

7 December 2015

Fraudulent practices

OAI received concerns of corrupt practice in relation to the award of an airport construction contract. Upon reviewing project documents, OAI took note of suspicious work certificates submitted by the contractor in its bid which were found to be false. The contractor and its authorized representative accepted OAI’s proposed sanction of 3 years. Also, in order to prevent sanction circumvention, OAI sanctioned two entities related to the contractor.

15-015-1512

Individual 1 3 years
7 December 2015

Fraudulent practices

OAI received concerns of corrupt practice in relation to the award of an airport construction contract. Upon reviewing project documents, OAI took note of suspicious work certificates submitted by the contractor in its bid which were found to be false. The contractor and its authorized representative accepted OAI’s proposed sanction of 3 years. Also, in order to prevent sanction circumvention, OAI sanctioned two entities related to the contractor.

15-015-1512

Firm 3 3 years

26 November 2015

Fraudulent practices

A bidder was disqualified after the EA found the bidder submitted false work certificates. The EA referred the matter to ADB. 

OAI confirmed and established that the bidder submitted 11 work certificates for two separate bids. OAI did not receive response to any of its inquiries to the bidder. 

The IOC imposed a sanction of 4-year debarment to the bidder and its three representatives, after considering the aggravating circumstance of their failure to cooperate with OAI’s investigation.

15-004-1511

Individuals 3 4 years

26 November 2015

Fraudulent practices

A bidder was disqualified after the EA found the bidder submitted false work certificates. The EA referred the matter to ADB. 

OAI confirmed and established that the bidder submitted 11 work certificates for two separate bids. OAI did not receive response to any of its inquiries to the bidder. 

The IOC imposed a sanction of 4-year debarment to the bidder and its three representatives, after considering the aggravating circumstance of their failure to cooperate with OAI’s investigation.

15-004-1511

Firm 1 4 years

26 November 2015

Fraudulent practices

A bidder was disqualified after the executing agency (EA) found that the bidder submitted a false work certificate.  The EA referred the matter to ADB. 

OAI confirmed and established that the work certificate was false and was submitted by the firm for two separate bids. Upon inquiry, the bidder explained that it performed the work as a subcontractor and that its submission of the false certificate was the result of ignorance rather than a deliberate act. 

After deliberation, the IOC imposed a sanction of 3-year debarment to the bidder and its authorized representative.

14-078-15-11

Individual 1 3 years

26 November 2015

Fraudulent practices

A bidder was disqualified after the executing agency (EA) found that the bidder submitted a false work certificate.  The EA referred the matter to ADB. 

OAI confirmed and established that the work certificate was false and was submitted by the firm for two separate bids. Upon inquiry, the bidder explained that it performed the work as a subcontractor and that its submission of the false certificate was the result of ignorance rather than a deliberate act. 

After deliberation, the IOC imposed a sanction of 3-year debarment to the bidder and its authorized representative.

14-078-1511

Firm 1 3 years

26 November 2015

Fraudulent practices

OAI received concerns that the bid prices quoted by five bidders for a civil work contract varied by less than one percent, a red flag for possible collusive practices. During investigation, no direct connections between the bidders were found. However, two of the bidders submitted identical bank guarantees in their respective bids.  OAI confirmed that the bank guarantees were fraudulent. The bidders did not respond to any of OAI’s letters.

The IOC imposed a sanction of 4-year debarment to the two bidders and their four respective representatives, after considering the aggravating circumstance of their failure to cooperate with OAI’s investigation.

13-065-1511

Individuals 4 4 years

26 November 2015

Fraudulent practices

OAI received concerns that the bid prices quoted by five bidders for a civil work contract varied by less than one percent, a red flag for possible collusive practices. During investigation, no direct connections between the bidders were found. However, two of the bidders submitted identical bank guarantees in their respective bids.  OAI confirmed that the bank guarantees were fraudulent. The bidders did not respond to any of OAI’s letters.

The IOC imposed a sanction of 4-year debarment to the two bidders and their four respective representatives, after considering the aggravating circumstance of their failure to cooperate with OAI’s investigation.

13-065-1511

Firms 2 4 years

29 October 2015

Extension of Sanction

OAI received information that the firm had paid bribes to increase its chances of being awarded ADB contracts. OAI verified that the firm’s representative had paid kickbacks and colluded with at least one other party to manipulate the procurement process. The representative did not admit to integrity violations until shown evidence to the contrary and otherwise obstructed OAI’s investigation.

The Integrity Oversight Committee (IOC) imposed sanctions of 7 years on the firm and the representative for corrupt, collusive, and obstructive practices. In determining the sanction period, the IOC took into account aggravating factors which included the extended period of time over which the integrity violations took place and the harm to ADB’s interests. Further, the IOC extended sanctions to an associated individual for 7 years and a second associated individual for 3 years to avoid circumvention of sanctions.

15-059-1510

Individual

1 3 years

29 October 2015

Extension of Sanction

OAI received information that the firm had paid bribes to increase its chances of being awarded ADB contracts. OAI verified that the firm’s representative had paid kickbacks and colluded with at least one other party to manipulate the procurement process. The representative did not admit to integrity violations until shown evidence to the contrary and otherwise obstructed OAI’s investigation.

The Integrity Oversight Committee (IOC) imposed sanctions of 7 years on the firm and the representative for corrupt, collusive, and obstructive practices. In determining the sanction period, the IOC took into account aggravating factors which included the extended period of time over which the integrity violations took place and the harm to ADB’s interests. Further, the IOC extended sanctions to an associated individual for 7 years and a second associated individual for 3 years to avoid circumvention of sanctions.

15-059-1510

Individual 1 7 years

29 October 2015

Corrupt, collusive and obstructive practices

OAI received information that the firm had paid bribes to increase its chances of being awarded ADB contracts. OAI verified that the firm’s representative had paid kickbacks and colluded with at least one other party to manipulate the procurement process. The representative did not admit to integrity violations until shown evidence to the contrary and otherwise obstructed OAI’s investigation.

The Integrity Oversight Committee (IOC) imposed sanctions of 7 years on the firm and the representative for corrupt, collusive, and obstructive practices. In determining the sanction period, the IOC took into account aggravating factors which included the extended period of time over which the integrity violations took place and the harm to ADB’s interests. Further, the IOC extended sanctions to an associated individual for 7 years and a second associated individual for 3 years to avoid circumvention of sanctions.

15-059-1510

Individual 1 7 years

29 October 2015

Corrupt, collusive and obstructive practices

OAI received information that the firm had paid bribes to increase its chances of being awarded ADB contracts. OAI verified that the firm’s representative had paid kickbacks and colluded with at least one other party to manipulate the procurement process. The representative did not admit to integrity violations until shown evidence to the contrary and otherwise obstructed OAI’s investigation.

The Integrity Oversight Committee (IOC) imposed sanctions of 7 years on the firm and the representative for corrupt, collusive, and obstructive practices. In determining the sanction period, the IOC took into account aggravating factors which included the extended period of time over which the integrity violations took place and the harm to ADB’s interests. Further, the IOC extended sanctions to an associated individual for 7 years and a second associated individual for 3 years to avoid circumvention of sanctions.

15-059-1510

Firm 1 7 years

29 October 2015

Extension of Sanction

OAI received information that a firm paid bribes for the award of ADB contracts. OAI established that the firm’s primary representative had paid kickbacks and had provided ADB with misleading financial information.

As a result, the IOC debarred the firm and representative for corrupt and fraudulent practices for a period of 8 years. In making its determination, the IOC took into account the repeated nature of the integrity violations over an extended period, damage to ADB’s interests and the active involvement of the firm’s representative. The IOC further determined that the sanctions be published due to the seriousness of the integrity violations, and extended the sanctions of 8 years to two associated individuals to prevent circumvention of sanctions. 

15-046-1510

Individual 2 8 years

29 October 2015

Corrupt and fraudulent practices

OAI received information that a firm paid bribes for the award of ADB contracts. OAI established that the firm’s primary representative had paid kickbacks and had provided ADB with misleading financial information.

As a result, the IOC debarred the firm and representative for corrupt and fraudulent practices for a period of 8 years. In making its determination, the IOC took into account the repeated nature of the integrity violations over an extended period, damage to ADB’s interests and the active involvement of the firm’s representative. The IOC further determined that the sanctions be published due to the seriousness of the integrity violations, and extended the sanctions of 8 years to two associated individuals to prevent circumvention of sanctions. 

15-046-1510

Individual 8 years

29 October 2015

Corrupt and fraudulent practices

OAI received information that a firm paid bribes for the award of ADB contracts. OAI established that the firm’s primary representative had paid kickbacks and had provided ADB with misleading financial information.

As a result, the IOC debarred the firm and representative for corrupt and fraudulent practices for a period of 8 years. In making its determination, the IOC took into account the repeated nature of the integrity violations over an extended period, damage to ADB’s interests and the active involvement of the firm’s representative. The IOC further determined that the sanctions be published due to the seriousness of the integrity violations, and extended the sanctions of 8 years to two associated individuals to prevent circumvention of sanctions. 

15-046-1510

Firm 1 8 years

29 October 2015

Corrupt, fraudulent, collusive, and obstructive practices

OAI established that a firm paid kickbacks of a fixed percentage to secure the award of ADB contracts. The firm also provided ADB with misleading information regarding its product and had an arrangement with at least one other party to improperly influence ADB’s procurement process. Through its actions, the firm’s representative obstructed OAI’s investigations.

The IOC imposed a sanction of 8 years on the firm and its representative for corrupt, fraudulent, collusive and obstructive practices. In making its determination, the IOC considered the systemic nature of the integrity violations over an extended period of time, harm to ADB’s interests and the active involvement of the firm’s key representative. Due to the seriousness of the integrity violations, the IOC determined that the sanctions should be published.

15-044-1510

Individual 1 8 years

29 October 2015

Corrupt, fraudulent, collusive, and obstructive practices

OAI established that a firm paid kickbacks of a fixed percentage to secure the award of ADB contracts. The firm also provided ADB with misleading information regarding its product and had an arrangement with at least one other party to improperly influence ADB’s procurement process. Through its actions, the firm’s representative obstructed OAI’s investigations.

The IOC imposed a sanction of 8 years on the firm and its representative for corrupt, fraudulent, collusive and obstructive practices. In making its determination, the IOC considered the systemic nature of the integrity violations over an extended period of time, harm to ADB’s interests and the active involvement of the firm’s key representative. Due to the seriousness of the integrity violations, the IOC determined that the sanctions should be published.

15-044-1510

Firm 1 8 years

16 October 2015

Extension of Sanction

A firm and its representative admitted to paying kickbacks to secure ADB contracts. They also admitted that they had engaged in fraudulent practices through misrepresentation.

The firm and its representative accepted OAI proposed sanctions of 3 years. To prevent circumvention of sanctions, OAI proposed 3-year sanctions be extended to an associated firm and individual, which were accepted.

15-061-1510

Firm 1 3 years

16 October 2015

Extension of Sanction

A firm and its representative admitted to paying kickbacks to secure ADB contracts. They also admitted that they had engaged in fraudulent practices through misrepresentation.

The firm and its representative accepted OAI proposed sanctions of 3 years. To prevent circumvention of sanctions, OAI proposed 3-year sanctions be extended to an associated firm and individual, which were accepted.

15-061-1510

Individual 1 3 years

16 October 2015

Corrupt and Fraudulent practices

A firm and its representative admitted to paying kickbacks to secure ADB contracts. They also admitted that they had engaged in fraudulent practices through misrepresentation.

The firm and its representative accepted OAI proposed sanctions of 3 years. To prevent circumvention of sanctions, OAI proposed 3-year sanctions be extended to an associated firm and individual, which were accepted.

15-061-1510

Firm 1 3 years

16 October 2015

Corrupt and Fraudulent practices

A firm and its representative admitted to paying kickbacks to secure ADB contracts. They also admitted that they had engaged in fraudulent practices through misrepresentation.

The firm and its representative accepted OAI proposed sanctions of 3 years. To prevent circumvention of sanctions, OAI proposed 3-year sanctions be extended to an associated firm and individual, which were accepted.

15-061-1510

Individual 1 3 years

13 October 2015

Fraudulent and obstructive practices

OAI established that a firm and individuals misrepresented information in the bid proposal and fabricated documents related to the firm’s past work experience. The firm and individuals also violated ADB’s sanctions by submitting the bid while debarred and obstructed OAI’s investigation by deliberately providing false information and failing to cooperate with the investigator. As the result, the firm and individuals were sanctioned for five years.   

Since the firm and individuals violated ADB’s debarment, the new sanctions imposed on the firm and individuals will be published. In order to prevent attempts to circumvent ADB’s sanctions, the sanctions are extended to other firms related to one of the sanctioned individuals.  

13-036-1510

Individual 2 5 years

13 October 2015

Fraudulent and obstructive practices

OAI established that a firm and individuals misrepresented information in the bid proposal and fabricated documents related to the firm’s past work experience. The firm and individuals also violated ADB’s sanctions by submitting the bid while debarred and obstructed OAI’s investigation by deliberately providing false information and failing to cooperate with the investigator. As the result, the firm and individuals were sanctioned for five years.   

Since the firm and individuals violated ADB’s debarment, the new sanctions imposed on the firm and individuals will be published. In order to prevent attempts to circumvent ADB’s sanctions, the sanctions are extended to other firms related to one of the sanctioned individuals.  

13-036-1510

Firm 3 5 years

16 July 2015

Fraudulent and obstructive practices

In 2013 a complainant raised concerns of possible collusive practices involving a group of companies registered in various countries.  OAI’s investigations established that one of the firms in the group, in joint venture with two “ghost” firms, had submitted a total of 25 expressions of interest in CMS over a period of 3 years. OAI found that the “ghost” firms, with similarly fictitious profiles, had been created by the firm, in order to improve their chances of winning larger contracts. 

Given the serious and systemic nature of the fraudulent practice, the IOC imposed 7-year debarments, including publication, which may lead to cross-debarment, on two individuals and two firms for fraudulent practices. To prevent circumvention of the sanctions, a further four entities directly connected to the two firms were also debarred for 7 years.  

14-010-1507

Firm 6 7 years
6 July 2015

Fraudulent practice

OAI was informed that a consultant may have submitted fraudulent documents in an expression of interest. During the investigation, the consultant acknowledged to OAI that the submission of amended documents was in breach of the Integrity Principles and Guidelines and accepted the proposed sanction period of 6 months. In determining the sanction period, several mitigating factors were considered, including the consultant's cooperation and materiality of the fraud.

15-018-1507 Individual 1 6 months
30 June 2015

Fraudulent practice

In 2014, OAI received a complaint from ADB staff related to fraudulent practice during the implementation of a contract under an ADB-financed project.

OAI's investigation determined that the majority of the participants shown on the workshop attendance lists, submitted by the consulting firm delivering the training, had not attended or even heard of the workshops.

The IOC determined that the consulting firm and two of its key principals had defrauded ADB and imposed a 3-year debarment on the firm and the two individuals.

14-056-1506 Individual 2 3 years
30 June 2015

Fraudulent practice

In 2014, OAI received a complaint from ADB staff related to fraudulent practice during the implementation of a contract under an ADB-financed project.

OAI's investigation determined that the majority of the participants shown on the workshop attendance lists, submitted by the consulting firm delivering the training, had not attended or even heard of the workshops.

The IOC determined that the consulting firm and two of its key principals had defrauded ADB and imposed a 3-year debarment on the firm and the two individuals.

14-056-1506 Firm 1 3 years
30 June 2015

Fraudulent practice

During contract negotiations with an individual consultant, a resident mission staff, through their due diligence, established that the consultant had provided false information to justify a higher fee.

While the consultant did not admit fraud, the consultant apologized for submitting the false document and claimed that it had been submitted in error.

The IOC imposed a 2-year sanction.

14-014-1506 Individual 1 2 years
10 June 2015

Fraudulent practice

OAI received an allegation that a bidder submitted fraudulent end-user certificates in its bid for a service contract financed under an ADB loan. OAI confirmed that the certificates were fabricated. The bidder agreed to OAI’s proposed sanction of 3 years.

13-066-1506 Firm 1 3 years
20 May 2015

Fraudulent practice

During bid evaluation, the project management unit determined that a bidder had submitted fraudulent bank guarantees and disqualified the bidding firm.

OAI independently verified that the bank guarantees were fraudulent. The firm and its sole proprietor did not respond to OAI’s inquiries or failed to respond to the findings letter in spite of personally accepting delivery.

The IOC debarred both the firm and its proprietor, as an individual, for 3.5 years.

14-070-1505 Individual 1 3.5 years
20 May 2015

Fraudulent practice

During bid evaluation, the project management unit determined that a bidder had submitted fraudulent bank guarantees and disqualified the bidding firm.

OAI independently verified that the bank guarantees were fraudulent. The firm and its sole proprietor did not respond to OAI’s inquiries or failed to respond to the findings letter in spite of personally accepting delivery.

The IOC debarred both the firm and its proprietor, as an individual, for 3.5 years.

14-070-1505 Firm 1 3.5 years
20 May 2015

Fraudulent practice

During bid evaluation, the EA identified red flags in a firm’s bid and found that its work certificate was fraudulent. This was reported to the Resident Mission, which in turn brought it to OAI’s attention.

OAI confirmed the findings that the work certificate was false, and presented the case to the IOC, which debarred the firm and its proprietor, as an individual, for 3 years.

14-029-1505 Individual 1 3 years
20 May 2015

Fraudulent practice

During bid evaluation, the EA identified red flags in a firm’s bid and found that its work certificate was fraudulent. This was reported to the Resident Mission, which in turn brought it to OAI’s attention.

OAI confirmed the findings that the work certificate was false, and presented the case to the IOC, which debarred the firm and its proprietor, as an individual, for 3 years.

14-029-1505 Firm 1 3 years
20 May 2015

Fraudulent practice

In February 2014, OAI received information that a supplier of materials had copied technical drawings from another firm and presented them as its own in a bid for an ADB contract.

OAI received documentation from the EA, which had identified the similarities, to confirm the allegation.

The firm initially responded to an inquiry by OAI, but did not reply to OAI’s subsequent request for a response to its findings of fraudulent practice. IOC sanctioned the firm for a period of 3 years.

14-018-1505 Firm 1 3 years
7 May 2015

Collusive and fraudulent practices

In January 2014, an ADB staff reported concerns about possible bid manipulation to OAI. It was alleged that the winning bidder was able to insert a document into its bid after the bid submission date leading to misprocurement being declared. OAI’s investigations established that the inserted document had been created after the bid submission date and therefore could not have been included in the original bid.

The firm and its president accepted OAI’s proposed 3-year debarment for collusive and fraudulent practices.

14-008-1505 Individual 1 3 years
7 May 2015

Fraudulent practice

In January 2014, an ADB staff reported concerns about possible bid manipulation to OAI. It was alleged that the winning bidder was able to insert a document into its bid after the bid submission date leading to misprocurement being declared. OAI’s investigations established that the inserted document had been created after the bid submission date and therefore could not have been included in the original bid.

The firm and its president accepted OAI’s proposed 3-year debarment for collusive and fraudulent practices.

14-008-1505 Firm 1 3 years
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