Chinese gang caught selling overpriced amulets to tourists in famous Thai temple

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Two Chinese men willingly surrendered as they were about to be arrested for their involvement in scamming tourists at a well-known temple in Chon Buri, Thailand. The gang had been selling sacred objects at inflated prices. Thai police established a connection between the two men and another group that was apprehended at Khaocheechan Temple in the Bang Sare area of Sattahip District, Chon Buri on May 6.

Yesterday, June 11, at 5.30pm, two Chinese men, aged 42 and 26, who were wanted by Pattaya Provincial Court, turned themselves into Pol. Col. Suwitchak Ruangnaumdee, deputy chief of Sattahip Police Station. The Chon Buri Special Branch, Tourist Police, and Investigation Unit were also present during the interrogation. However, both suspects refused to provide any information.

Preliminary charges include conspiring to defraud the public and employing undocumented foreign workers without permission. Additionally, they stand accused of being foreign individuals, jointly employing other foreigners to engage in unauthorised retail business operations without obtaining proper licensing. The case will proceed under the law, as the suspects await their trial, KhaoSod reported.

Two weeks ago, Cyber police yesterday raided a lavish home in the Bang Na district of Bangkok and arrested a Chinese couple involved in an international cryptocurrency scam. The operation, “Trust No One,” seized valuable assets worth millions and investigated other linked locations across the city.

The primary focus was on the Bang Na district, where a luxurious house valued at 60 million baht was searched. Among the five targeted locations in the area, authorities arrested two suspects: 31 year old Mingjian Su, and his 25 year old wife Yixi Li. Both faced charges of jointly defrauding the public and laundering money.

During the operation, police confiscated over 1.5 million baht in cash, a land title deed for a property worth more than 60 million baht, and four upscale condo units in Sukhumvit worth 128 million baht. To read more click here

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Nattapong Westwood

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