Indonesian scammer thrown in slammer

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday handed a jail sentence of five years, one month and two weeks to an Indonesian woman for cheating people off their gold (worth over BND100,000) and money (in excess of BND60,000).

Susanti binti Joko pleaded guilty last week to 17 charges: attempting to buy a lottery ticket on July 4 at a building in Kampong Bengkurong; overstaying from September 2019 to June 29, 2020; and scamming people into believing she could invest their gold and money in an investment scheme. DPP Muhd Qamarul Affyian bin Abdul Rahman revealed the 45-year-old defendant would lure ‘investors’ and then become untraceable when acquiring cash or gold, which then prompted the victims to lodge police reports.

On July 4, 2020, the defendant was arrested while attempting to buy a lottery ticket. She was unable to produce travel documents, and investigations led to uncovering the defendant’s scam.

“A strong message needs to be put to the public that matters like these are not to be tolerated. Deterrent sentences are therefore called for to ensure the defendant and like-minded persons do not commit the same,” Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid said.

“Public interest and national security are paramount considerations. In other words, custodial sentences are not only appropriate but necessary,” she added.

The court had also ordered the defendant to make a compensation of BND116,668.06, and settle two fines in amounts of BND500 and BND800 for the attempt to buy lottery and immigration offences.