Malinda case may have involved money laundering: Police

Padang National Police says it is considering the possibility that a case of alleged embezzlement implicating Citibank senior relations manager Inong Malinda, aka “Malinda Dee”, may have been related to money laundering.

Malinda allegedly embezzled Rp 17 billion from clients' accounts over a space of three years.

Police spokesman Ins. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said the police could not confirm whether money laundering had taken place, since the case was still being investigated.

"The audit is still going on and the results have to be matched with the results of the case reconstruction," he said Wednesday.

The Financial Reports and Transactions Analysis Center (PPATK) is performing an audit of Melinda's accounts.

Police also plan to perform a reconstruction of the crime scene once the two latest witnesses have been questioned.

However, Anton said police were not ruling out the possibility that the case could have involved money laundering. Investigators are seeking various information related to the case, he added.

"It could be because the [charges involved] are on violating the law on banking and the law on money laundering," he said.


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