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Mahfud MD alleges 69 Finance Ministry employees commit money laundering


Jakarta, IO – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said he had sent a report of allegations to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani. Mahfud, who also heads the Money Laundering Crime Control Team (TPPU), said he obtained the data from the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK).

“As many as 69 people were reported by PPATK to the Minister of Finance in September 2019,” Mahfud said, reported Kompas, Wednesday (8/3). Based on the results of internal analysis, the employees conducted small but frequent transactions. “The transactions are small, Rp10 million to Rp15 million, but it can up to 50 times,” revealed Mahfud MD.

Mahfud said Sri Mulyani was committed to take stern actions against her employees if they were proven to have committed money laundering. Meanwhile, PPATK chairman Ivan Yustiavandana said the amount of wealth owned by wayward employees of the Finance Ministry was extraordinary.

Nevertheless, Ivan refused to provide more details on the amount of assets. The information was the latest revelation after Rafael Alun Trisambodo, an echelon III tax official at South Jakarta Tax Office was found to have Rp56.1 billion in assets. It came to the public’s attention after his son Mario Dandy was arrested in an assault.

Read: KPK to probe other tax officials with “unreasonable” wealth

KPK Deputy for Prevention and Monitoring Pahala Nainggolan said the graft buster will investigate tax officials with fantastic wealth to learn about “gangs” within the Taxation Directorate General who hide their ill-gotten wealth. According to him, Rafael Alun Trisambodo may have many accomplices. (rr)


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