The Jakarta Post
Barunawati Vocational School in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, has reported travel agency PT Wisata Mandiri Travel to the police for alleged fraud.
Barunawati's headmaster Zainuddin accused the agency of taking Rp 134.9 million (US$9,718) of the school's money, which was supposed to be used for a study tour to Yogyakarta.
“They promised to pick us up on Thursday at 5 p.m., but they did not show up,” Zainuddin said as reported by Kompas.com on Friday.
On that day, 187 study tour participants comprising students, teachers and the school’s officials were ready to depart with their luggage. They were later informed that the agency had been robbed and they lost the money the school had deposited.
“We are upset because the agency only informed us on the day we were supposed to depart. They requested us to reschedule,” he said.
Zainuddin said he had reported the agency to the Tanjung Priok District Police Office.
Zainuddin said the school was in the process of refunding the students. Each student had paid Rp 1.2 million for the tour, he said.
Separately, Tanjung Priok Police chief Comr. Supriyanto said his team had detained some of the travel agency’s employees.
The suspects are charged under articles 372 and 378 of the Criminal Code on embezzlement and fraud, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four years. (ami)