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N. Sumatra Police nab health workers for allegedly siphoning insurance funds

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Wed, August 14, 2019   /   12:40 pm
N. Sumatra Police nab health workers for allegedly siphoning insurance funds Illustration of embezzlement (Shutterstock/KAMONRAT)

The special crimes directorate of the North Sumatra Police arrested on Wednesday seven employees at a puskesmas (community health center) in North Rantau district of Labuhan Batu regency, North Sumatra, for allegedly embezzling funds allocated for the puskesmas from the National Health Insurance (JKN) and Operational Health Aid (BOK).

The seven arrested employees include the head, the finance head and other staff members of Puskesmas Perlayuan.

The police seized Rp 188.3 million (US$13,217.75) in suspected illicit funds, which were to have been distributed to the health center's staff as part of their salaries.

“Our preliminary investigation has discovered that the funds we seized from the seven employees were sourced from the JKN and BOK,” North Sumatra Police special crimes deputy director Adj. Sr. Comr. Bagus Suropratormo told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Bagus said that the Labuhan Batu Police had detained and questioned the seven puskesmas employees, but that none had been named suspects.

“We still must investigate the case further before we can name any suspects,” he said. (rfa)