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Jakarta Post

Three arrested for allegedly sending fake Jokowi letters

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 20, 2017   /   12:25 pm
Three arrested for allegedly sending fake Jokowi letters A reflection of the Department of Homeland Security logo is seen reflected in the glasses of a cyber security analyst on Sept. 30, 2011. (AP/Mark J. Terrill, File)

The Jakarta Police cyber crime unit has arrested three people who allegedly made and delivered fake letters on behalf of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to 51 companies, including state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The letters requested them to financially support the President for his re-election bid in 2019.

The suspects are Kaba Sulaiman, 46, a citizen of the Guinea Republic, Daniel, 31, from Liberia, and Daniel’s wife, Ria Situmorang, 26, an Indonesian citizen.

Kaba was arrested at a hotel in South Jakarta, while Daniel and his wife were arrested in Sunter, North Jakarta.

Jakarta Police Spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said the suspects made the letters with state and presidential logos downloaded from the internet.

They also put in fake phone and WhatsApp numbers as well as an email address, [email protected].

“Of the 51 companies, some donated money. Later, we will check the bank accounts of the suspects,” Argo said on Wednesday.

The fraud was revealed after an SOE commissioner checked the authenticity of the letter with the State Palace.

The State Palace confirmed that it was fake.

The suspects have been charged with violating articles 263 and 264 of the Criminal Code concerning forgery in relevance to Article 378 concerning fraud and article 35 and 51 of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law concerning data manipulation.