TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The National Police Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) froze two bank accounts linked to two illegal online lending companies after police successfully arrested a member of an illegal online lending company identified as JS .
JS was arrested in a police raid that cracked down on seven illegal lenders some time ago. “A savings and loan cooperative dubbed SBA was founded by a Chinese citizen ‘ZJ’. The blocked bank account was IDR 20.5 billion,” said national police spokesman the great Commissioner Ahmad Ramadhan, Thursday, October 21, 2021.
According to an official police report, suspect JS acted as an administrative facilitator for the Chinese national by setting up an illegal online lending company based in Jakarta. He also helped ZJ obtain visas and other permits.
The two collected thousands of tax identification numbers (NPWPs) in order to create two savings and loan companies, which the police eventually identified as shell companies.
The investigation helped police decide to freeze bank accounts that were used by the two men to render illegal loan services, “then they started offering loans to members of the public,” Ramadhan said.