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Lottery ticket distributors arrested for allegedly scamming sellers for millions of baht

Caitlin Ashworth

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Police arrested 2 lottery ticket distributors in Lop Buri, Central Thailand, for allegedly collecting money from lottery ticket sellers and failing to deliver the tickets for the October 16 and November 1 draws which were worth more than 400 million baht.

More than 100 lottery ticket sellers filed a complaint at the Surin province’s Rattanaburi Police Station, saying they purchased lottery tickets from the distributors, but they tickets were not delivered. One seller said they purchased the tickets for 80 baht each, but had to buy at least 500 tickets.

“They delivered the first 4-5 lots on time, but in October we could no longer contact them despite already having given them the money… After their arrest, we have submitted an appeal to the police to deny them bail as they might get out and coerce the sellers.”

Police say the distributors accused of fraud had fled from Surin and were hiding at a house in Lop Buri. Officers tracked down and arrested Thossaphon Jitmaen and Yutthana Thongkham.

Police say they found 700,000 baht in cash at the house. The suspects also allegedly confessed to selling the lottery tickets and failing to deliver them.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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