Document-Forging Ring Broken Up: Police

TABANAN ~ Six members of a syndicate suspected of making fake car ownership (BPKB) documents were arrested by police this week.

Head of Tabanan Police’s Criminal Department Leo Martin said the syndicate was using the fake documents as collateral to borrow money from banks.

Martin said that I Gusti Ayu Putriani, 35, from Kediri, was the initiator of the scheme, with friends Ni Nyoman Rusniadi, 36, Agustini, 42, Ni Wayan Gunadiasih, 45, I Made Gede Parwata and Ni Nyoman Seniwati, 36, joining her in the crimes.

According to Martin, the case was brought to the attention of Tabanan Police when an employee at a small Denpasar bank became suspicious of a BPKB document used by one of the suspects, and called the police.

He said that at the time of the arrests on Tuesday, 10 false BPKB documents, a number of rubber stamps and three cars, which were still being paid off by members of the group, were seized.

“We are checking the bank for more fake documents that have been used to borrow money from the bank,” Martin said.

Local residents in the Tabanan area where the suspects were from said they suspect there were many more people and possibly police officers involved in the syndicate.

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