MSC, a UK-based engineering firm that provides engineering services for clients including the United States, is facing a $6 million fine for its alleged involvement in a scheme to cheat the government out of money and assets, the government’s Competition Authority said on Thursday.
The watchdog said that it had “determined that MSC has engaged in an extensive fraud scheme which included the provision of misleading advice to contractors and the falsification of documents”.
The Competition Authority, the watchdog for the South African government, said it had received a number of complaints about MSC over the past two years.
In February, the authority said it was investigating allegations that Msc had failed to meet its obligations as a supplier of services to the government.
In April, it fined MSC $1.9m and suspended the company’s head of operations, Richard Bader.
The authority also found that Mcrs’ chief executive, Nick Kwanza, had not reported all of his employees’ wages.
The Competition and Consumer Authority has received 1,827 complaints from Msc employees since it was set up in 2016.
The agency’s investigation is ongoing.