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Indonesian Citizens Defraud Saudi Arabia Princess Out of Rp505 Billion

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Indonesian Citizens Defraud Saudi Arabia Princess Out of Rp505 Billion

A daughter of the King of Saudi Arabia, Lolwah Binti Muhammed Bin Abdullah Al Saud, has fallen victim to fraud by two Indonesian citizens, suffering losses of up to Rp505 billion.

Princess Lolwah’s acquaintance with Eka Augusta Herriyani began in 2008. At that time, Herriyani worked for a Malaysian company, where the princess was one of the shareholders.

Princess Lolwah offered to cooperate in running a real estate project in Saudi Arabia. In 2009, she visited Bali and was introduced to Evie Marindo Christina, who was said to be able to help with licensing in Indonesia.

The victim, who was interested in investing in Bali, asked Christina in 2010 to find a location to build a villa. Both Indonesians then searched for a location and a year later offered Princess Lolwah property which was in Banjar Sala, Pejeng Kawan Village, Tampak Siring District, Gianyar Regency.

Princess Lolwah checked the location and agreed. Herriyani then asked Princess Lolwah to transfer the money to buy the land and the cost of building the villa. 

The victim sent money in stages from April 2011 to September 2018, totalling Rp505,492,047,760. The money was used to buy seven plots of land for Rp38,442,113,045 and to build a villa for Rp37,614,163,045.

However, the construction of the villa was never completed. Instead, the remaining money was used by Herriyani and Christina for personal gain; buying some land and cars, which resulted in Princess Lolwah losing Rp429,435,771,670.

Further, Princess Lolwah sent Rp7 billion to Herriyani in March 2018, to purchase a plot of land on Jalan Pantai Berawa, Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta, Badung.

The land was planned to be used to build a restaurant. However, Princess Lolwah changed her mind and cancelled the land purchase because she wanted to invest elsewhere and asked for the money back.

Herriyani promised to transfer the money immediately, but it was never returned. She also made a false statement, when the money was never returned and it was revealed that the land on Jalan Pantai Berawa was never being traded.

Now the pair have been charged with violating article 3 and/or article 4 of law number. 8 of 2010 concerning TPPU Jo article 64 paragraph (1) of the criminal code. The two defendants were sentenced to 19 years in prison in the money laundering case.

“During the reading of the verdict, the panel of judges sentenced the two defendants to 19 years in prison each, the same as the demands submitted by the Gianyar State Prosecutor’s Office,” said the Head of Intelligence at the Gianyar District Attorney’s Office, I Gde Ancana, in an official statement on Monday 23rd January 2023. 

Previously, the pair had been sentenced to four years in prison for violating article 372 of the criminal code regarding the crime of embezzlement and article 378 of the criminal code for fraud, based on the decision of the Gianyar District Court number 112/Pid.B/2020/PN Gin dated 20 October 2020.

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