There is something about influencers that always get people’s attention. Perhaps it’s their lifestyle; the places they go, the luxurious things they own, their expensive fashion taste or maybe simply because of their good looks. People tend to wish they can live the life of an influencer because of what they see on social media.
Although there is nothing wrong with admiring these influencers, there are some who you might want to reconsider being fans of. This particular influencer was recently arrested by authorities for fraud.
Doni Muhammad Taufik or better known as, Doni Salmanan is an Indonesian YouTuber and Influencer with a following of 2.3 million on his Instagram and 2.09 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Recently, Doni was arrested by the Indonesian Police Criminal Investigation Agency.
The YouTuber is apparently involved in a Quotex fraud scheme which would explain his assets that is worth Rp64 billion (RM18.7 million). Quotex is an innovative broker that offers binary and digital asset trading and it was reported that this large-scale ‘investment scheme’ had cost a large number of people losing up to Rp380 million (RM111,500) due to being deceived by the fraudulent scheme that promised profits.
According to Tribunnews, Police Criminal Investigation Agency’s cyber director, Asep Edi Suheri confirmed that 97 assets and valuables were confiscated from Doni Salmanan. The confiscation of the YouTuber’s assets also involved Rp3.3 billion (RM968,000) cash, 2 houses in Kota Baru Parahyangan and Bandung, 18 units of branded motorcycles and 6 luxury cars such as Lamborghini, Porsche, BMW, Toyota Fortuner and Honda CRV.
Investigation for the Quotex fraud scheme case also involved other celebrities including singer Rizky Febian and content creator Reza Arap, where both of them have received a sum of money from Doni.
Earlier this week (Monday, 14th March), Doni Salmanan has made an official apology to the whole of Indonesia and hopes that everyone will forgive him. No further news on what Doni’s sentence would be as investigations are still ongoing.
Sources: thevocket, Tribunnews, newsdelivers
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