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Jakarta Police Catch 4 Tax Manipulators at Airport

Police Bust Syndicate Issuing False Fiscal Clearances.

(7/23/2005) The Indonesian-language Bali Post reports that 4 people were arrested on Thursday, July 21, 2005, by members of the Capital City's Special Police Reserve and charged with manipulating the Rp. 1 million (approximately US$102) fiscal clearance tax that must be paid by Indonesian residents when they travel abroad.

The four arrested, including an immigration official and two members of airport security force, reportedly approached departing passengers offering them hefty discounts on the fiscal departure tax and then issued counterfeit tax forms bearing an illegal rubber stamp. In making the arrest police seized hundreds of coumterfeit receipts and illegal rubber chops.

Police are still trying to estimate the loss suffered to the public coffers caused by the syndicates activities before they file formal corruption charges with the State prosecutor.