Online gambling suspect’s ‘catch of the day’ as police net him for digital deceit in northern Thailand

Photo: KhaoSod.

A 45 year old suspect under an arrest warrant from the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court, was apprehended by the police in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday around 8.40pm. The charges relate to his involvement in an online gambling gang, deceiving the public by impersonating others and maliciously manipulating computer systems to show false information, potentially harming the public.

The suspect, Wanchai, confessed that a friend from his village, Surio, invited him and four others to work as accountants for an online gambling gang operating from a ten-storey building in Poipet, Cambodia. The suspect, who claimed he was unaware of the operations on other floors, was restricted to the fifth floor. He revealed that each member received a salary of 20,000 baht per 15-day period.

He had opened four bank accounts and last travelled to Cambodia on August 16 returning on August 29. Subsequently, Surio invited him to work again but the police apprehended him before he could leave. Wanchai was handed over to the investigator at Thung Mahamek Police Station to further pursue the case.

This arrest followed the policy of Police Lieutenant General Torsak Sukvimol, Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, and Police Major General Thana Chuavong, Deputy Commissioner, to suppress all forms of crime causing distress to the honest public. The Special Analysis and Tool Division of the Royal Thai Police was instructed by their superiors to expedite the investigation, leading to the capture of eleven suspects involved in a call centre gang.

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This gang had deceived an 82 year old woman into transferring money more than 20 times, resulting in a loss of over 2,580,000 baht. The online gambling incident took place at Thung Mahamek Police Station on October 21, reported KhaoSod.

The Investigation Division of the Metropolitan Police Bureau (IDMB) apprehended 13 Vietnamese suspects who were operating a gambling website in Pattaya. The group was found to be generating a daily circulation of 300,000 baht through their illegal activities. Read more HERE.

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