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Prabowo's distant relative allegedly learns ATM skimming from black market

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 21, 2019   /   01:03 pm
Prabowo's distant relative allegedly learns ATM skimming from black market The Jakarta Police show evidence from an ATM skimming case at police headquarters in South Jakarta. (Tempo/M Taufan Rengganis)

Police say the suspect in an ATM skimming case, Ramyadjie Priambodo, a distant relative of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and former treasurer of the Gerindra Party's youth wing, acquired bank account data from an online black-market community.

“[He acquired bank account data] from a black market on the internet,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Tuesday, kompas.com reported.

Argo said the 37-year-old suspect had learned skimming techniques and acquired the victims’ bank account data from the online community.

The police raided his apartment on Jl. Sudirman, South Jakarta, on Feb. 26, and confiscated Rp 300 million (US$21,000), ATM cards, a mobile phone, laptop, white card that stored the data of bank customers and an ATM.

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Ramyadjie told the police that he got the ATM from a friend and had used it to study how the machine worked and to assess its weaknesses that were susceptible to skimming.

“We do not know who this friend is. We are still investigating,” Argo said.

Ramyadjie reportedly told the police that he conducted ATM skimming alone while dressing as a woman wearing a hijab. 

“He has done it [skimming] 91 times. Meanwhile, he got Rp 300 million from the practice,” Argo said.

He added that the suspect used the money to trade bitcoin cryptocurrency but did not mention how much money had been traded into bitcoin.

Prabowo campaign team spokesperson Sufmi Dasco Ahmad has acknowledged that the suspect is a distant relative of the presidential candidate.

Reports have claimed that the suspect is also the former treasurer of Gerindra’s youth wing, Tunas Indonesia Raya. (ami)