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Foreign Criminals at Large in Bali

Drugs and Insurance Fraud Among the Crimes Tourists Commit When Abroad in Bali.

(1/19/2009) Tempo Interactive reports that the Bali Police handled 262 criminal cases in which foreign nationals were suspects in 2008.

Broken down across the island there were 148 cases in Denpasar, 53 cases handled by the Criminal Investigation Directorate, 22 in Badung and 21 in Gianyar.

The Public Relations spokesperson for the Bali Police, Commissioner I Gede Sugianyar Dwi Putra, told the press that the largest number of criminal cases involving foreigners were narcotics-related totaling 83.

Another police official, I Gede Alit Widana, also pointed to petty theft cases and fraud committed by foreigners, some of who have been charged with filing false theft reports in order to claim money from their insurers.