Senin , 28 Agustus 2017, 22:09 WIB

First Travel seeks possibility of marketers fraud: Lawyer

Rep: Ronggo Astungkoro/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda
Mahmud Muhyidin
Andika Surachman, the president director of First Travel, has been named a suspect along with his wife Anniesa Hasibuan, the owner and director of the company.
Andika Surachman, the president director of First Travel, has been named a suspect along with his wife Anniesa Hasibuan, the owner and director of the company.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- First Travel's lawyer, Niru Anita Sinaga, said the total amount of debt of her client should be well counted. According to her, there were marketing personnels who receive payment from the pilgrims but they did not transfer it to the umrah travel agency.

She said one of First Travel's marketing personel has received payment for umrah pilgrim from 72 people. "The evidence is bank transfer, not to First Travel account but to the marketer. The total amount is 1,1 billion IDR," she explained.

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First Travel has offered cheap umrah package to its clients at Rp14.4 million per person for package 1, while it offered regular umrah package at Rp25 million and Rp54 million for VIP packages.

From  Dec 2016 to May 2017, a total 72,682 clients were registered for the travel agent's umrah promotion package, of which only 14 thousand have already departed for the umrah.

The remaining 58,682 people have fallen victims to the alleged fraud.

Niru said First Travel attorney is seeking for possibility that other marketers might have done same fraudulance. "It is important for the sake of the pilgrims," she said.

Andika Surachman, the president director of First Travel, has been named a suspect along with his wife Anniesa Hasibuan, the owner and director of the company.

Siti Nuraida, alias Kiki, is a sister of Hasibuan, who was a commissioner as well as financial director of First Travel. The police has also named her a suspect in the case.

The case is investigated under section 378 of criminal code, law no. 8/2010 on money laundering and law no. 19/2016 on electronic information and transaction