Mother and daughter get 19 years for half-trillion rupiah Ubud villa scam targeting Saudi princess

A lady and her daughter had been every sentenced to 19 years in jail for defrauding Princess Lolowah bint Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, after they promised her a villa resort in Ubud that by no means got here to be.

In 2008, the royal grew to become acquainted with an Indonesian citizen named Eka Augusta Herriyani, the latter of whom labored at a Malaysian firm during which Lolowah was a shareholder. 

The princess visited Bali the next yr and expressed her curiosity in property funding on the island. Eka launched Lolowah to her daughter Evie Marindo Christina, who was stated to have the ability to help with permits.

The mom and daughter pair scouted for villa places and settled on a web site within the Tampaksiring sub-district of Gianyar regency. 

After Lolowah permitted the location, she wired IDR505 billion (US$33.7 million) to Eka and Evie between 2011 and 2018 for the event of two villa resorts. 

Eka and Evie bought seven plots of land for IDR38.4 billion (US$2.56 million) and put aside IDR37.6 billion (US$2.51) for the development of the villas. They pocketed the remaining IDR429 billion (US$28.6 million), which they used to purchase vehicles and properties in Malang and Jakarta.

As well as, they supplied the princess 1,600 sq. meters of land for the development of a restaurant within the Berawa space of Badung regency, for which she wired greater than US$500,000. The princess then modified her thoughts and requested for her a refund, however Eka by no means made the switch regardless of promising to take action. It was later revealed that the land was not up on the market to start with.

Eka and Evie went into hiding and had been declared fugitives by the Nationwide Police earlier than their arrests in February 2020. In October 2020, the Gianyar District Court docket sentenced them to 4 years in jail every for fraud.

Extra just lately, the Gianyar District Court docket sentenced every to 19 years in jail in a separate cash laundering trial.

“What weighed in opposition to the convicts was that they tarnished the nice title of Indonesia, notably Bali, within the eyes of the world. It was additionally the case that the sufferer was a princess who wished to herald overseas funding,” Gianyar District Court docket spokesman Erwin Harlond stated yesterday when commenting on the most recent sentence.

Eka and Evie are additionally obligated to every pay an IDR1 billion positive in lieu of an extra six months in jail. The princess is just not getting her a refund, as the cash Eka and Evie pocketed have been declared unaccounted for.

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