Ex-tax officer amassed $130 million: Indictment
Fri, Oct 01, 2010
The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

Former senior tax officer Bahasyim Assifie went on trial on Thursday in connection with a multimillion dollar money laundering case between 2004 and 2010.

In their indictment read out at the South Jakarta District Court, state prosecutors said Bahasyim, former chief of the Jakarta tax office for Koja and Palmerah areas, had amassed a whopping Rp 885.15 billion (S$130 million).

The money was deposited at state bank BNI under the name of his wife Sri Purwanti.

"The defendant formally had no side business which could earn him huge profit within the period between 2004 and 2010.

"Being a civil servant who received approximately Rp 30 million per month, the money he deposited is believed to be a result of a crime which was related to his job," prosecutor Fachrizal told the court.

The prosecutors found the bank account's opening balance stood at Rp 633 million in October 2004. In the next six years there were 304 incoming bank transfers totaling Rp 885 billion.

The prosecutors believed Bahasyim collected the fortune when he was the head of tax examination and investigation office for Jakarta, head of Jakarta tax office for Koja area, head of Jakarta tax office for Palmerah area and an inspector at the National Development Planning Board.

Bahasyim is charged with the anti-corruption law and for laundering money from tax clients.

Jakarta Police's anti-corruption unit arrested Bahasyim in April following a report from the money laundering watchdog (PPATK) which found a suspicious amount of money being kept in bank accounts belonging to his wife and children.

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