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Jakarta School Accuses Travel Agency of Fraud

A school in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta has reported travel agency PT Wisata Mandiri Travel to the police for alleged fraud.

Barunawati Vocational School’s headmaster Zainuddin accused the agency of taking Rp 134.9 million of the school’s money, which was supposed to be used for a study tour to Yogyakarta.

“They promised to pick us up on Thursday at 5 p.m., but they did not show up,” Zainuddin said as reported by on Friday.

On that day, 187 study tour participants comprising students, teachers and the school’s officials were ready to depart with their luggage. They were later informed that the agency had been robbed and they lost the money the school had deposited.

“We are upset because the agency only informed us on the day we were supposed to depart. They requested us to reschedule,” he said.

Zainuddin reported the agency to the Tanjung Priok District Police Office, and some of the travel agency’s employees have now been detained.

The school is now in the process of refunding the students who paid Rp 1.2 million each for the tour.

The suspects are charged under articles 372 and 378 of the Criminal Code of embezzlement and fraud, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four years.

Source: Jakarta Post

Photo courtesy of NPR

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