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A Russian national who allegedly extorted another foreign national by claiming to be a member of Interpol in Bali stands accused of extortion this week, meaning he is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison under Indonesian law.

Prosecutors at the Denpasar District Court yesterday said that the defendant, identified as EB, extorted a total of IDR171 million (US$11,973) from an Uzbekistan national in Bali, NR. 

The crime reportedly involved two other people, identified as MZ and A, who are still on the run. 

The months-long con began earlier this year in February, when the group approached NR and accused him of being involved with a fugitive. In a series of threats, the victim eventually wired IDR121 million to the suspects, and handed over a motorcycle unit worth IDR50 million. 

EB was eventually arrested for the scam in July, less than a week after the victim decided to report the scam to authorities.

This article, Russian national accused of extorting Uzbek man in Bali facing 15 years in prison, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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