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Jakarta Post

Officials charged with stealing public funds, bribing auditors

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 29 2010   /  10:29 am

The Corruption Court charged an ex-state company official with embezzlement, costing the state loss of Rp 42.32 billion (US$ 4.73 million) and a Bekasi municipal official with paying Rp 400 million to bribe the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK).Prosecutors charged the former general manager of the Lampung branch of state electricity monopoly PT PLN, Budi Harsono, for alleged involvement in a graft case linked to the outsourcing of a consumer information system during his tenure from 2004 to 2008.Bekasi municipal secretary Tjandra Utama Effendi was charged for allegedly bribing BPK auditors to get a clean report.Prosecutor Pulung Rinandoro said Budi had breached the law for directly appointing a company, PT Altelindo Karyamandiri, rather than running a tender for the above project to run the system.Prosecutors said Budi received a Rp 3.41 billion bribe from Altelindo commissioner Georgie Kumaat....