The Jakarta Post
The National Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) plans to investigate three banks in connection with a loan scam allegedly orchestrated by recently captured fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa.
Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono said the move was made to track down the money obtained in the scam. "Investigators will look into three private banks in relation to the money obtained from a fictitious letter of credit," Awi said Tuesday, as reported by kompas.com.
Maria allegedly used a fictitious letter of credit to get US$136 million and 56 million euro in bank loans from Bank Negara Indonesia issued to her company PT Gramarindo Group between 2002 and 2003. The scam was allegedly worth Rp 1.7 trillion.
She fled Indonesia just before she was named a suspect by the National Police in 2003, and authorities captured her in July of this year after Serbia granted Indonesia's extradition request.
Awi said the investigators had questioned 14 witnesses and named 16 suspects in the case, including Maria. The other 15 suspects have been found guilty and have served their sentences, Antara reported. (vny)