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Posing as policeman, drug convict allegedly blackmails women in sextortion scam

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 28, 2020   /   03:49 pm
Posing as policeman, drug convict allegedly blackmails women in sextortion scam In total, the police said IP had collected more than Rp 19 million from blackmailing three different women with similar methods.  (Shutterstock.com/Nicescene)

A man identified as 26-year-old IP allegedly posed as a policeman and blackmailed three women, threatening to distribute their sex video that he secretly recorded. 

East Jakarta Police chief Comr. Arie Ardian said IP was already a drug convict serving his sentence in Bagansiapiapi prison in Rokan Hilir regency, Riau.

Arie said IP had initially contacted a married woman through Facebook in June 2019, claiming he was a divorced officer at the Gresik Police in East Java. The two continued to converse through WhatsApp.

“After a few days of communicating, the victim was asked to have phone sex through video calls,” Arie told tempo.co on Friday.

The victim agreed and IP, who never showed his face, allegedly recorded the video call. He then reportedly blackmailed the victim, threatening to send the footage to her husband if she did not give him money.

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The victim gave him Rp 16.8 million (US$1.154) between July 1 and 7, but after she could no longer afford to pay him off, she allegedly told her husband about the extortion and filed a report to the East Jakarta Police.

In total, the police said IP had collected more than Rp 19 million from blackmailing three different women with similar methods. 

Cooperating with the Baganisapiapi prison, the police then transferred him to Cipinang prison in East Jakarta for questioning regarding the alleged blackmail.

“We will then give the dossier to the East Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office,” Aerie said.

IP was charged under Article 29 of the 2008 pornography law, which prohibits the distribution of pornography and carries a maximum sentence of 12 years’ imprisonment, and Article 27 of the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions Law (ITE), which bans the distribution of content deemed immoral and carries a maximum punishment of six years’ imprisonment. (mfp)