Greater Jakarta: ‘Umrah’ scam reported to police

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | March 21 2016 | 7:31 AM

    

Four people filed a police report on Sunday against a tour and travel company, they alleged that the company had defrauded them in an umrah (minor haj) scam that had been ongoing since 2013.

Syukni Tumi Pengata, lawyer representing the four, said his clients had paid between Rp 25 million (US$1,908) and Rp 35 million to PT Sahabat Sukses Indonesia, in the hope that they could make their religious pilgrimage as soon as possible. “It turned out that the agent could not meet its obligations because it does not have an umrah management license,” Syukni said on Sunday.

He said five people had been reported to the Jakarta Police, including the company’s commissioner, director and president director. 

“We also filed a report against Fikry and Peggy as their pictures have been used to lure customers by promising that they would participate in the umrah,” he continued, referring to the 1990s actress Peggy Melati Sukma and Fikry Irama, son of dangdut singer Rhoma Irama.

The five were reported for allegedly violating Article 378 of the Criminal Code on fraud.

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