TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The National Police Criminal Investigation Agency recorded as many as 371 online loan crime complaints (pinjol) throughout 2020-2021. The data is an accumulation of cases from all regional police (polda) ranks and the National Police.
Director of Economic and Special Crimes Brigadier General Helmy Santika said that of the 371 reports submitted, 91 of them had been disclosed. Then, eight cases have entered the trial stage. The rest are still under investigation.
“Why do you seem sluggish? I need to say that fintech (financial technology) has certain characteristics so that the investigation pattern must be precise and correct,” Helmy said when confirmed on Sunday, October 17, 2021.
Helmy explained, investigators need to take a complete look in investigating loan crime cases online. Starting from chain messages sent simultaneously to all targets to the loan process.
“It’s not partial to just look at borrowing and borrowing,” said Helmy. In addition, another thing faced is that because the crime is online, the perpetrators and loan applications can change identities very easily.
In addition, based on a report from the Financial Services Authority (OJK) Investment Alert Task Force, there are more than 3,000 accounts that have been blocked, in which sometimes investigators also have to investigate thousands of these accounts.
“So this affects the delay in disclosure, but this is a challenge for us to keep working,” said Helmy.
The Chief of the Indonesian National Police, General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, has instructed all ranks to punish the organizers illegal pinjol which has harmed society. According to Sigit, President Joko Widodo has ordered the police to crack down on online loan crimes.
“The crime of illegal pinjol is very detrimental to the community, so special handling steps are needed. Carry out eradication efforts with preemptive, preventive and repressive strategies,” he said. Police chief Sigit through a written statement, Tuesday, October 12, 2021.