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ID card owner denies owning controversial Ferrari car

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 29, 2018   /   07:43 pm
ID card owner denies owning controversial Ferrari car In this undated photo House of Representatives Speaker Bambang Soesatyo is seen standing between two luxury cars, including a red Ferrari California, plate number B 1 RED, for which Rp 364 million (US$27,227) in outstanding taxes is owed. (kompas.com/Instagram)

Andi Firmansyah, the man officially registered as the owner of a Ferrari California car with outstanding tax owing of Rp 364 million (US$27,227), has denied that the car belongs to him, claiming that someone may have misused his lost ID card.

"I really have no idea about the car. I’ve never even seen the car and was shocked to learn the news about it had gone viral," Andi told kompas.com on Monday.

He claimed that he had lost his ID card twice within the past five years, during which time someone may have used it when officially registering the car with the authorities.

"I lost it twice, the first was around five years ago and the [second time] was three years ago in Europe, when I went there with a friend," claimed Andi.

The news about the car broke recently when officials from the West Jakarta Vehicle Document Registration Center (Samsat), which has intensified its efforts to hunt recalcitrant tax payers, discovered after carrying out an inspection of Andi's address that it would be almost impossible for him to own the luxury car, because the house was located in a narrow alley in a densely populated area in Palmerah, West Jakarta and locals said that they had never seen Andi with the car nor believed he could own one.

Andi, who now lives in Kalimantan, said he was upset by the news and wanted to clarify.

"That's why I came to Jakarta and visited the Samsat office to explain everything," he said.

Social media exploded when the red car, with plate number B 1 RED, was pictured with newly installed House of Representative Speaker, and Golkar Party politician, Bambang Soesatyo. However, Bambang denied that he had not paid the tax due on the car and said it had been sold around two years ago.

The tax on the car has not been paid since March 2015. (fac)