Trio of starlets implicated in Wawan's graft case
Hans Nicholas Jong
The Jakarta Post
A recent string of graft investigations by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has revealed a proclivity among graft suspects for showering bevies of young female celebrities with expensive gifts.
Graft suspect Tubagus 'Wawan' Chaeri Wardana, who is the younger brother of graft suspect and Banten Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah, as well as the husband of South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany, is the latest member of the club.
An allegation surfaced on Thursday that Wawan had channeled cash and given luxury cars to at least three celebrities, as the KPK moved to confiscate a Toyota Vellfire from a house in South Jakarta belonging to soap-opera actress Jennifer Dunn.
Jennifer is currently under contract with a production house belonging to Wawan that manages female models and actresses for soap operas. 'The car, a Toyota Vellfire, was confiscated from Jennifer Dunn's private residence on Jl. Bangka, South Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon,' KPK spokesman Johan Budi said.
Johan said the KPK was still investigating Wawan's motive for giving Jennifer the car, which she received shortly after she was released from prison in 2012 after serving two years for drug trafficking.
The KPK will summons Jennifer to question her about the car.
Jennifer's neighbors on Jl. Bangka claimed they frequently saw Wawan visiting her in the middle of the night, before he was arrested by the KPK in October for allegedly bribing former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar.
Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) head Muhammad Yusuf said he suspected that Jennifer received the car through a middleman. '[I suspect such a thing] because the KPK also found cars given by [Wawan] to Banten [politicians].'
Yusuf also based his suspicion on the fact that the PPATK had not been able to find any direct money transaction between Wawan and Jennifer.
In response to the allegation, Jennifer's lawyer, Sunan Kalijaga, said that Wawan might only have lent the car to Jennifer while she was still under contract with his production house. He added that Wawan often provided facilities, such as clothes, shoes and cosmetics, to his actresses, including Jennifer.
It has been rumored that upon discovering Wawan had wired money to the actresses, his furious wife Airin immediately demanded a divorce. Airin has declined to comment on the matter.
The other two actresses alleged to have received money are Aura Kasih, 25, who is also a singer and model, and Syahrini, 33, a popular singer known for her catchphrases.
Both Aura and Syahrini have denied the allegations.
'None of this is true. I do not know Pak Wawan. I hope God gives me the strength to get through this difficult situation,' Aura said on her Twitter account @aurakasih87.
'I have never been intimate with Wawan. I've never even shaken his hand,' Syahrini said.
Both Wawan and Atut have been detained for allegedly bribing Akil to return a favorable verdict in a case at the Constitutional Court involving a disputed local election in Lebak regency, in Banten.
After the arrests, the KPK raided Wawan's house and found a number of luxury cars in the garage. The KPK has confiscated several other luxury cars from Banten lawmakers with connections to Wawan.
Wawan and Atut have also been named suspects by the antigraft agency in two separate graft cases involving the procurement of medical equipment for the administrations of Banten province and South Tangerang regency.
The KPK further charged Wawan with money laundering.
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