3. April 2007 Made Jati Reported for Land Fraud at Polres Tabanan
(Police Report No: LP/ 80/ IV/ 2007/ Tabanan District Police, dated 27 April 2007:
with Pol: SP.Sidik/ 26/ IV/ 2007/ Reskrim, April 27, 2007)
The Initial Report:
While sorting through the bewildering puzzle of family documents in October 2006,
Michael discovered another “Certification of Unmarried Status” issued in Tabanan
in 1992. This letter had appeared by itself in Made Jati’s submission to the Civil
Records Office to obtain a new Certificate of Marriage in 1996, but here it was
attached to a land purchase document. With an examination of the land documents,
an entirely new suspected fraud came to light. Michael reported it to the police
at Polres Tabanan in April 2007.
The land in question was what is now Kori Restaurant. The property was originally
owned and built by Steven Palmer and his wife Wayan Lasmi, and it was held in Wayan
Lasmi’s name. Steve Palmer gave it entirely to Wayan Lasmi as settlement in a divorce,
and she sold it to Michael McHugh in 1988. Michael McHugh held it in the name of
Made Jati’s father, and then in 1992 he sold it to Michael and Made Jati.
Made Jati was to arrange the title transfer. The documents attached to the Certification
of Unmarried Status showed that she used a suspected fraud to do it. Rather than
transferring title as a purchase, Made Jati and her father I Nyoman Ada transferred
the title as a “Family Gift” from father to unmarried child. With this they avoided
taxes on the purchase but they also categorized Kori as Made Jati’s “property before
The police in Tabanan interviewed eight witnesses including Made Jati herself as
a suspect. In November 2007 they issued an Arrest Warrant and they sent the file
to the Kejaksaan with recommendation that Made Jati be indicted for suspected criminal
The warrant was issued on the morning of 23 November 2007, but Made Jati left her
home that morning before the Warrant could be served, probably tipped off by an
informer at Polres Tabanan. She left Indonesia and did not return to Bali for over
six months. A week after she fled Indonesia she was in Bangkok, and on 5 December
2007 she landed in New York. From there she traveled to California where she lived
in the beach resort town of Newport Beach for the next six months.
Made Jati had slipped the Arrest Warrant, but case preparations in Tabanan continued.
Interest from city officials was undoubtedly intense. Tabanan was the city of Made
Jati’s double indentity as an unmarried woman, and she had obtained dozens of documents
signed by local officials falsely testifying to non-existent ceremonies or false
The Kejaksaan twice rejected the police file with P-19 letters in December 2007
and May 2008. The Chief Investigator was removed from office and transferred out
of Tabanan in May 2008. Two weeks later on 4 June 2008 Made Jati left California
and returned to Bali despite having filed a custody case for the children in the
California Superior Court and being under court order to continue visitation with
the children. She never again returned to California and later filed a declaration
with the California court that she was no longer interested in custody.
In August 2008 the new investigator at Polres Tabanan ordered a stop to the investigation.
Legality of police activities in Indonesia or any nation is governed by statute
and police procedures must be in accord with the law. That is, just because the
police do it doesn’t mean it is legal. In this case, investigators and prosecutors
in Tabanan appear to have shut down the indictment in a manner contrary to law without
notifying the complainant, Michael, of the reasons for halting the case, and while
violating proper procedures.
No one denied a suspected crime had occurred, but the reason finally given for halting
the case was that the statute of limitations had expired. The Kejaksaan and police
claimed that over twelve years had passed since Made Jati and I Nyoman Ada had made
the suspected illegal transfer in 1992.
However, just as in the case at Polda Bali which had been shut down with the excuse
“no evidence of a loss”, the Tabanan excuse appeared to be not in accord with the
criminal code. Statute of limitations refer to “completion of a crime.” In fact
the relevant section (Pasal 266 KUHP) specifies that the crime of False Documentation
has two parts: 1) the acquisition of a false document, and then 2) the use of that
document in a manner that causes or could potentially cause material or non-material
loss to another person. The suspected crime in question was not just the illegal
transfer from I Nyoman Ada to Made Jati, but also the use of those transfer documents
to defraud Michael.
Family assets are currently in litigation in a civil case which began in 2009, and
Made Jati claims that the Kori property is an asset before marriage. That is, the
completion of this suspected crime began only in 2009 with the “use of that document”
and it is continuing at present. The Kori false documentation is an ongoing suspected