Former head of PPATK discusses money laundering cases

Former head of PPATK discusses money laundering cases

Former Head of the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) Muhammad Yusuf (left) who was met by Antara after giving an "In House Training" training to Eradicate Money Laundering and Asset Rescue Crimes at the West Nusa Tenggara Regional Police on Thursday (11/07/2019). (ANTARA / Dhimas BP)

There are patterns of profiles of people. If Indonesian citizens earn rupiah salaries, there can also earn in dollars or euros, and it is not unusual. But there are some who deviate
Mataram, W Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) - The former head of the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK), Muhammad Yusuf, explained a number of indicators that could become loopholes when law enforcement officials are uncovering money laundering cases. "There are patterns of profiles of people. If Indonesian citizens earn rupiah salaries, there can also earn in dollars or euros, and it is not unusual. But there are some who deviate," Yusuf told ANTARA on the sidelines of a training to eradicate laundering money and rescue assets here on Thursday.

Other indicators, he said, can be seen in the salary of a civil servant in a month. If the transaction is outside the living standards as per the salary, then it should be enough reason for an investigation.

"If there is no explanation, then that is not reasonable," said Yusuf, who is currently the Inspector General at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

"If money has been deposited in the bank using someone else's account, then the money is disbursed and deposited directly into a safe, not into the account. This is also the mode that has not been tracked," he added.

Investigators can also probe the source of their wealth. If there is wealth that is not commensurate with the income, then this is an indicator that money laundering is taking place.

So how does one trace this matter, he asked. Investigators should immediately request assistance from PPATK to carry out the analysis.

"Yes, what he has, for example, can be traced from a house certificate that is not in his name, or a car. The vehicle ownership document (BPKB) can be asked on behalf of other people," he said.

Furthermore, Yusuf hoped that the training activities attended by prosecutors, police, and court judges could build a commitment in law enforcement in West Nusa Tenggara Province, especially with regard to restoring state assets.

"If there a commitment, the corruptors do not have the capital to rise again. Of course, the eradication process should be more effective," he said.  

 

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