A tax official and a businessman arrested on Wednesday while allegedly transacting a Rp 280 million ($30,000) bribe have been named corruption suspects, antigraft officials said on Thursday.
Bambang Widjojanto, a deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), said that Tomy Hindratno, an official from the tax office in Sidoarjo, East Java, had been caught taking an envelope stuffed with money from businessman James Gunarjo at a restaurant in South Jakarta.
“The KPK has strong legal grounds, in fact, very strong legal grounds, to pursue this case,” he said.
A third person arrested in the sting, identified only as H.A., was released without charge, he added.
Zulkarnaen, another KPK deputy chairman, said James was a tax consultant for Bhakti Investama, a financial services firm. “He seems to be related to that company. Our investigators are digging into the case, so just give us time,” he said.
He also confirmed that the envelope handed by James to Tomy contained around Rp 280 million.
As head of tax supervision and consultancy at the Sidoarjo tax office, Tomy’s monthly salary was Rp 11 million, according to Dedi Rudaedi, an official from the Directorate General of Taxation.
He said that Tomy’s job was to supervise the work of tax consultants hired by taxpayers. The Sidoarjo tax office handles around 10,000 taxpayers, Dedi added.
Tomy is a graduate of the State College of Accountancy (STAN). He enrolled and graduated at the same time as Dhana Widyatmika, a Jakarta tax official who was arrested and named a corruption suspect in February when investigators found he had an “unreasonably large” amount of money in his bank accounts compared to his Rp 8 million monthly salary.
Investigators have already seized Rp 18 billion in assets from the suspect and expect to find even more.