Jakarta. A senior employee of the Financial Services Authority, or OJK, has been named suspect for allegedly taking bribe from a private bank and put in detention, the Jakarta prosecutors’ office said on Wednesday.
The suspect, identified by initials D.I.W., is alleged to have accepted Rp 7.45 billion ($508,000) in bribe from a Bank Bukopin branch which he audited in Surabaya, East Java, in December 2018.
"Investigators of the Jakarta prosecutors’ office detained the suspect, D.I.W., on Tuesday,” Nirwan Nawawi, a spokesman for the office, said in a statement.
He didn't explain why it took almost two years until the case was investigated.
The suspect is a senior staff of OJK’s bank supervision department who was assigned for an audit at a troubled Bank Bukopin branch in Surabaya.
He has allegedly omitted the bank’s five key debtors in his report to the OJK and accepted Rp 7.45 billion in “credit” from Bukopin for the manipulated report, according to the prosecutor.
OJK spokesman Anto Prabowo said separately his office is cooperating with prosecutors to investigate the case.
Anto claimed the OJK has run an internal investigation and decided to furlough the employee for disciplinary misconduct.
"The OJK holds firm the presumption of innocence principle and is supporting the legal proceedings against the employee," Anto said.
D.I.W is the second OJK employee to be named a graft suspect by prosecutors.
Last month, the Attorney General’s Office implicated a high-ranking OJK official with a major graft scandal concerning reckless investments by state insurer Jiwasraya.
The suspect, identified by initials F.H., is a deputy commissioner of the OJK overseeing the capital market. He is not detained by the AGO yet.