Bogor Tax Chief Named Suspect After He’s Caught Red-Handed
The West Java Prosecutors’ Office named the chief of the Bogor tax office a suspect in a bribery case on Saturday. The tax man was caught red-handed receiving alleged bribes as payment for waving a company’s taxes.
Anggrah Suryo was caught receiving Rp 300 million ($31,800) from Endang Dyah, an executive from the private firm Gunung Emas Abadi at a house in Cibubur, south of Jakarta, on Friday. The arrest was made by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators.
Deputy Chief Prosecutor Jaya Kesuma said Anggrah allegedly allowed Gunung Emas to pay only Rp 1.2 billion in taxes out of the total Rp 22 billion it was obligated to pay.
“Based on this morning’s investigation, we’ve found a sufficient indication of corruption. Thus we will further investigate this case; we have named [Anggrah and Endang] suspects,” Jaya said on Saturday.
“We’re continuing the investigation because I don’t think it is possible that the [bribe] was only Rp 300 million when the amount of the tax that should be paid was reduced from Rp 22 billion to Rp 1.2 billion. We’re tracking where else the money has gone,” he added.
Jaya said both Anggrah and Endang allegedly abused Articles 5 and 12 in the corruption law on bribery.
He further explained that the KPK had handed over the case to the Attorney General’s Office, which then gave it to the West Java prosecutors’ office.
“We heard about the information on the bribery two months ago. We’ve studied this information with the KPK. This is a collaboration between law enforcement institutions,” Jaya said.