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Jakarta Post

Wealthy tax official may face money laundering charges

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 1 2012   /  09:30 am

Wealthy tax officer Dhana Widyatmika, who is charged with accepting gratuities and bribes, may also face money laundering charges, according to a senior official with the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).

Deputy Attorney General Darmono confirmed on Wednesday that AGO investigators suspected that some of Dhana’s businesses and bank accounts may have been used to launder funds coming from illicit practices.

 “[The money-laundering charges] may be required given the suspect’s many assets and transactions,” Darmono said. “We are using the ‘follow the money’ method.”

 With the additional money-laundering charges, judges would have the ability to place the burden of proof on Dhana to explain the sources of his assets.

The law, which carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison, also means that Dhana’s assets could be confiscated b...