KPK digs deeper into tax-mafia case
JAKARTA: The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) continued its probe into the involvement of PT Bhakti Investama in a bribery scandal.
“We are continuing to profile the company [Bhakti Investama] in order to find its connection to this case,” KPK chairman Abraham Samad said as quoted by kompas.com on Sunday.
The KPK suspects that Bhakti Investama is involved in the bribery case, and investigators have so far confiscated Rp 280 million (US$29,960) in bribe money.
Abraham said that although the amount of money was relatively small, the case was of great significance because it implicated a major company, namely Bhakti Investama.
He said that the KPK was also moving to target a large scale tax-mafia operation in the case.
“We will look into the involvement of other people in the case,” he said.
The KPK have arrested two suspects in the case: James Gunaryo, who is believed to be an executive with Bhakti Investama, and tax official Tommy Hindratno, after sealing a deal at a restaurant in Tebet, South Jakarta, last week.
Investigators have confiscated the Rp 280 million in cash as evidence of a bribe to fix the company’s tax affairs. Tommy is believed to have been a mediator between the tax auditor and the company to expedite the issuance of a tax restitution amounting to Rp 3.4 billion for overpaid taxes.