May 18, 2021, 05.42 AM

Police in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra arrested the five people behind the Kimia Farma Diagnostika rapid test kits ring in an undercover sting at the province’s Kulalanamu Airport on April 27.

Investigators said they were tipped by travelers disgruntled with their positive Covid-19 results.

Investigators estimated that the Kimia Farma Diagnostica scandal cost the state Rp. 18 billion [$125,483.20.] They added that the scam affected about nine thousand travelers since the syndicate started operating in December 2020.

The police charged the suspects under a 2009 medical law on the use of potentially dangerous materials, as well as a 1999 law on consumer protection. If found guilty, they faced up to five years in jail and a Rp. 2 billion [$138,478.26] fine.

(Penulis : Rully R. Ramli | Editor : Erlangga Djumena)


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