Politician conned out of Rp 160m
JAKARTA: The police said on Friday that politician and former lawmaker Pupung Suharis had reported two women, identified by their initials as AV and J, to the police for allegedly conning him out of Rp 160 million (US$17,120) under the pretense of a vehicle sale.
Police revealed that the two women contacted Pupung on Wednesday to offer him a 2007 Honda CRV SUV they said they were selling. Later the same day, all three reportedly met at a restaurant on Jl. Senopati in South Jakarta, where Pupung agreed to purchase the car.
“The next day, Pupung met the two women again in the lobby of a hotel near the Semanggi interchange,” police spokesman, Sr. Comr. Rikwanto, told reporters.
During the meeting, Pupung handed over the Rp 160 million to AV, who then said she needed to go to her hotel room to count the money.
“Having no suspicions of anything underhand, Pupung agreed. Thirty minutes passed, however, but AV did not return, J then told him that she needed to go check on her friend,” Rikwanto explained. “J left, after which time Pupung never heard from them again.”
Pupung reported the case to the police later that day. Both AV and J are still on the run. They have been charged with fraud and embezzlement.
Separately, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general Tjahjo Kumolo confirmed that Pupung was a party member.
“He used to serve on the House of Representatives Commission I [overseeing defense and foreign affairs],” Tjahjo said.