Two Businessmen in Batam Wanted for Embezzlement: Kepri Regional Police Launches Manhunt
Batam, Batamnews - Two businessmen in Batam, Johanis (CEO of PT. Jaya Putra Kundur) and his son Thedy Johanis (Director of PT. Jaya Putra Kundur), are now wanted by the Kepri Regional Police after being involved in a fraud case.
The Head of the Special Criminal Investigation Directorate (Dirreskrimsus) of Kepri Regional Police, Kombes Pol Nasriadi, revealed this on Monday (May 15th, 2023).
"They have been listed as Wanted Persons (DPO) after showing no intention to comply with police summons in the ongoing legal process," he said.
Nasriadi added that both suspects had previously been declared suspects in the case of embezzlement of a shop unit in the Mitra Raya 2 Business Center Point Batam Center complex.
"A total of 59 customers were victims in this case, which occurred between 2017, 2018, and 2019. Some of them have made payments but have not received the building use certificates," he explained.
The two suspects are charged under Article 62 paragraph (1) Jo Article 8 paragraph (1) letter and/or Article 16 letter a of Law No. 8 of 1999 regarding Consumer Protection Jo Article 55 paragraph (1) ke-1 of the Criminal Code.
The reported losses from two new complainants amounted to Rp6 billion.
"The amount of losses of Rp6 billion is only from two complainants. Imagine how much loss could occur if all victims file complaints, considering that one shop unit alone is priced at Rp2 billion," he added.
Nasriadi explained that both companies, PT Jaya Putra Kundur and PT Mitra Raya Sektarindo, were declared suspects. The Director of PT Mitra Raya Sektarindo, Djoni Ong, has been questioned as a suspect in the case.
"However, the two people from PT Jaya Putra Kundur, Thedy Johanis and Johanis, have yet to comply with the summons from the Kepri Regional Police," he said with annoyance.
He hoped that the public would immediately report to the authorities if they know the whereabouts of the two suspects. Kepri Regional Police has also coordinated with the Kepri Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Directorate General of Immigration to prevent the suspects from fleeing abroad.
"Information circulating states that one of the suspects, Johanis, is in Singapore. We have coordinated with the local police through the Police to Police mechanism to determine his whereabouts there," he explained.
The police have also requested a red notice from Interpol to help find the suspect Johanis.
"We have requested a red notice from Interpol to assist us in finding the suspect who is in Singapore," he added.
Kepri Regional Police urged the public to report to the authorities immediately if they know the whereabouts of the two suspects. In addition, they continue to coordinate with the Kepri Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Directorate General of Immigration to ensure that the suspects cannot escape abroad.
This case serves as an important reminder of the importance of consumer protection and law enforcement against embezzlement. The Kepri Regional Police is committed to resolving this case and ensuring justice for the victims.