Thursday, 27 February 2020

BRI: No Clients Affected by Bank Teller's Rp2.3 Bln Fraud

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) Corporate Secretary Bambang Tribaroto announced that none of its clients sustained any losses in the recent case where one of its bank tellers committed Rp2.3 billion embezzlement.

    “Bank BRI assures that none of our clients were affected by the incident. The company already commenced an internal investigation and has reported the case to the police,” said Bambang to Tempo today, Jan. 31.

    According to Bambang, BRI will not tolerate this case and will comply with its zero-tolerance policy overseeing fraud or theft done by anyone, including its own employee.

    Previous reports accused BRI teller identified as Rika Dwi Merdekawati (28) of embezzling up to Rp2.3 billion from BRI clients. Initial reports suggest that the continuous acts from the female employee affected 47 BRI clients and 50 bankbooks.

    Police said that Rika had been committed her crimes since April 2018 until she was arrested by the police on January 27, 2019, at the lobby of Hotel Gammara Makassar after BRI reported her on January 17.

    South Sulawesi Police Chief Sr. Comr. Dicky Sondani explained that throughout her 4-year tenure, the suspect had known about the inner-workings of the BRI branch office in Panakkukang Makassar. Rika would often tamper with a client’s deposit slip by duplicating them and faking signatures.

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