Tax Chief Named in Growing Graft Case

SINGARAJA

The head of the Buleleng tax and revenue office has been named by prosecutors as a suspect in an ongoing graft investigation targeting various former and current senior officials in the north Bali regency.

The Prosecutor’s Office this week announced that tax chief Nyoman Pastika was under investigation as part of the probe into an alleged Rp11-billion embezzlement of state funds.

Chief prosecutor I Gusti Nyoman Subawa said that other suspects would likely be identified in due course.

Last week the former regent of Buleleng I Putu Bagiada was summoned to the prosecutor’s office for questioning, shortly after ending his term in office.

Deputy regent Made Arga Pynatih and secretary of the Buleleng administration I Dewa Ketut Puspaka have also been questioned.

The case focuses on alleged theft of land taxes by officials between 2005 and 2012, with Bagiada allegedly issuing quasi-official letters detailing how the embezzled funds were to be distributed between the officials participating in the scam.

The letter reportedly said that the regent would take 30 percent of the cash, while Pynatih would take 15 percent and Puspaka would get 10 percent. The letter also stated that a 20-percent cut would go to tax chief Pastika.



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