Police Arrest First Travel Owner

Friday, 11 August 2017 , 17:00:00 WIB -

First Asia fraud victims are seen queuing to arrange so that their money can be returned, Jakarta, Wednesday (26/7). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The National Police has detained First Travel owner Andika Surachman and his wife Anniesa Desvitasari for fraud and money laundering with the modus operandi of offering fake umrah travel packages.

National Police General Investigations Chief, Martinus Sitompul, said investigators will focus on the money laundering charge to make it easy for them to trace the couple’s assets.

The police will confiscate assets connected with the fraud. "We will confiscate assets," Martinus said, Jakarta, Thursday (10/8).

Meanwhile, whether the victims will have their money returned would depend on the court ruling, according to him.

On Thursday (10/8), a number of travel agents who worked for First Travel visited the National Police headquarters to demand Andika ad Anniesa to be free.

One of the demonstrators, Nurmaemunah, said she fears that customers would not be able to take their umrah pilgrimage because the couple have been detained. (dtc/mfb)