Indonesia’s Most Wanted

Prosecutors Swoop in to Arrest Corrupt Banker Dining in Nusa Dua, Flying Him Directly to South Sumatra to Begin Serving an 18 Year Prison Sentence

A major figure on Indonesia’s “most wanted list” - Sugiarto Wiharjo (65), also known as “Alay,” was arrested by State Prosecutors in Bali on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, after being on the run since May of 2014 when the Supreme Court affirmed his earlier corruption conviction and resulting 18 year sentence for embezzling Rp. 119 billion from the Lampung, South Sumatra Bank – BPR Tripanca Setyadana in 2008.

The funds taken by Wiharjo were removed from Provincial Deposits held at the Bank that was eventually declared bankrupt due to non-performing or fictitious loans.

“Alay” was arrested without resistance while he was reportedly enjoying a lunch with friends at the Hotel Novotel in Tanjung Benoa, South Bali.

The embezzlement was original uncovered  by Bank Indonesia auditors examining the books of BPR Tripanca where Wiharjo served as a Commissioner. reports that law enforcement officials report that they had received a tip from the public that Sugiarto had traveled overland with his family from Jember in East Java in an Alphard Luxury Van, allowing police to eventually trace him the Novotel in Nusa Dua.

Sugiarto has been transported to Lampung in South Sumatra to begin serving his 18 year prison term.