INDONESIA - Indonesia's national police force and the Jakarta police have cracked five cases of transnational financial crime worth over 10 billion rupiah (S$1.2 million).
The national police's money laundering sub-directorate head, Senior Commissioner Agung Setya, said on Friday that the perpetrators had allegedly intercepted email correspondence between two partner companies in different countries.
"They then set up an email account that was similar to one of the company's, and told the other company to transfer a payment to a false bank account in Indonesia,"
Agung said on Friday during a press conference in Jakarta.
One of the cases involved Senegal-based trading company Tall Fall and Chinese food exporter Jinxiang County.
Tall Fall received a message from a fake Jinxiang email account, requesting the company transfer 2.2 billion rupiah ($202,400) to a Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) account in the name of Foshan Zebro Ltd.
Tall Fall wired the money to pay for its garlic purchase. "Then, two people arrived at a BTN branch in ITC Mangga Dua in Jakarta. One of them showed his identity card that read Foshan Zebro Ltd. It was very suspicious that a person would have 'Ltd.' in his name," Agus said.
The questionable name prompted BTN to suspend the transaction and report the case to the Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK).
The PPATK, in cooperation with the police and Interpol, confirmed the fund status. The centre's cooperation and human relations officer, Sutrisno Wibowo, said the money could be transferred back to Tall Fall even though the police had not yet arrested the perpetrators.
"Under the Supreme Court Decree No. 1/2013 on the handling of assets from money-laundering and other crimes, we can file the case with a district court, requesting that the assets be returned," he said.