Wed, 23 Feb 2000

Woman arrested over flour

BOGOR (JP): Local police have arrested Lilis Suryajaya, a 46- year-old resident of Jl. Raya Cisaat in Sukabumi, for allegedly repacking imported flour into sacks bearing the blue triangle and key logos of PT Bogasari and passing it off as Bogasari flour.

Bogor Regional Police chief Col. Edi Darnadi said on Tuesday that a branch officer from the company in Sukabumi, named Edi, complained about the drop in flour sales in the area.

"We traced some leads and found that Lilis' shop is the biggest flour distributor in the area selling Bogasari flour. She then admitted to forging the brand," the colonel said.

Lilis bought imported Diamond, Kancil and Pyramid flour brands, he said. Bogasari is the country's largest flour producer.

"She then purchased flour sacks with the Bogasari labels and repacked the flour in them.

"She sold the flour for Rp 45,000 per 25 kilograms, far cheaper than Rp 55,000 the original Bogasari flour sells for per sack," Edi said.

Lilis apparently told the police she had sold about 50 sacks of the repacked flour every day since December last year and had made a total profit of Rp 22.5 million.

She is being detained at the Bogor Regional Police office pending further investigation. (21/edt)