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North Sumatra Provincial Government's Rp10 Billion Corruption Probed
TEMPO Interactive, Medan:North Sumatra Police for the second time held an examination of the suspected corruption at the North Sumatra provincial government in the 2012 and 2011 budgets for 168 spending items amounting to Rp10 billion.
Snr. Pol.Comr. Sadono Budi Nugroho said the examination was made after the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) submitted some of the audit results concerning financial losses suffered by the regional government over the last two consecutive years in the North Sumatera General Services Office.
"The audit results show, among others, the Rp1.9 billion travel expenses incurred by North Sumatera Deputy Governor Pujo Nugroho throughout 2010 and 2012," said Sadono Budi Nugroho.
In addition to travel expenses, police, said Sadono, discovered eight sham budget items at the General Services Bureau which caused the state to suffer financial losses. One of them was the payment for electric bills which were deliberately not paid by the Bureau Head authorized to use the budget.
The total unpaid bills for the office and the governor's residence amount to almost Rp185 million," said Sadono.
The Deputy Governor's Personal Secretary Ridwan Panjaitan denied everything. "It is not true that the travel expenses of the Deputy Governor were sham. Just ask the General Services Bureau," said Ridwan to Tempo.