I Gede Artha Wijaya alias Dede alias Okaya, 32, the owner of an adulterated factory and a counterfeiter of famous alcoholic drinks in Bali became a prisoner.
The man who was born on April 25, 1988, was finally dragged to court and seated as a defendant for counterfeiting branded alcohols such as Red Label, Black Label, Jack Daniels, Absolut Vodka, Bacardi, Jose Cuervo, Chivas Regal, Gordon London Dry Gin, and Smirnoff Vodka.
The production of fake drinks took part from April 2017 to October 2020.
The defendant was selling one fake alcohol bottle for Rp. 135 thousand to Rp. 150 thousand.
In fact, on the market, the defendant’s counterfeit alcohol price can be priced from Rp. 400 thousand to Rp. 500 thousand.
The defendant produced 240.335 bottles of 0.75-liter size and 14.629 bottles of 0.7-liter size.
In total, the defendant produced 254.964 bottles of counterfeit drinks with a profit of Rp 26,6 billion.
Hundreds of thousands of fake alcohol bottles of the category of Excisable Goods Containing Ethyl Alcohol (BKC MMEA) were circulating, with stickers, excise stamps, and fake packaging boxes.
So that it is suspected that for his actions, the defendant caused state tax losses of up to tens of billions of rupiah.
“How does the drink taste?” asked judge Putu Gde Novyartha.
“It tastes normal, like a normal (alcoholic) drink,” answered one of the witnesses who had a drink made by the defendant.
The judge then asked about the reaction after the fake alcohol, the witness answered that there was no reaction whatsoever. “Just normal, sir,” said the witness.
The public prosecutor Agus Suraharta charged Gede Artha Wijaya with Article 50, Article 55, and Article 54 of Law Number 39/2007 on Excise with the threat of imprisonment for eight years.
The disclosure of the famous brand alcohol forgery case began with the defendant’s arrest on December 2, 2020.
Starting from the defendant offering fake alcohol to witness I Wayan Gita Tulistya Putra around November 2020.
The defendant was finally arrested with 4 trucks of evidence.