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Police receive reports of Ponzi scene affecting 200 on Koh Samui

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200 Thai wives of foreigners have reportedly lost up to 120 million baht in a Ponze scheme on Koh Samui.

A group of 20 affected victims were represented by ‘Praew’ who reported to the Bophut Police Station to register a formal complaint. Bophut Police are trying to interview 30 victims each day since the complaint was registered on the weekend.

Local police chief Pol Col Thongchana Hankittikanjana says that Praew told them that the scheme started among friends, initiated by a woman identified only as ‘Bew’ who owned a gift shop in a department store on Samui.

Manager Online reports that the Thai wives of foreigners living on Koh Samui were among 200 people who had lost 120 million baht in the Ponzi or pyramid share scheme. Other wives of foreigners on the island were invited to invest in an online scheme called “Share Ban Bew Gift Shop” with contributions of 10,000-50,000 baht. Promises were made for ‘substantial returns’ on their investment.

Some of the investors actually received a 30% return on their initial investments but after a few payments, as often happens in these schemes, ‘Bew’ disappeared with a reported 120 million baht.

Praew explained that the victims were mostly wives of foreigners, public servants, hotel staff and other department store staff, according to Manager Online.

SOURCE: Manager Online

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Man arrested for allegedly driving with monitor lizards tied to his motorbike

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A man was arrested on animal abuse charges for allegedly catching water monitor lizards, tying them to his motorbike and driving around Prachuap Khri Khan, south of Phetchaburi province.

The man, who is identified as Chaowalit, posted photos on Facebook of lizards tied up to the back of his motorbike. One photo shows a large monitor lizard tied up to the back of the bike, hanging upside-down. Apparently, Chaowalit has been posting photos for about 4 months now on Facebook page on wildlife hunting.

Officials from the Kui Buri National Park were notified about the photos and a team of special unit officers were sent to Chaowalit’s house to arrest him. He was charged with catching and harming protected wildlife as well as violating the Wild Animal Reservation Protection Act. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to 1 million baht.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Man arrested after allegedly slicing a man’s face with sickle

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A man was arrested on charges of grievous bodily harm after he allegedly sliced his friend’s face with a sickle, causing a gash about 25 centimetres long.

3 men, identified as Saeng, Ta and Rop, had been drinking at a shanty in Phuket’s Rassada district where Rop lived. An argument broke out over money. A bank transfer was apparently made, but no one received any money, according to Rop as he related the story to police.

The men didn’t come to an agreement and ended up going to bed. Ta stayed awake and slapped Saeng twice while he was falling asleep, Rop says. Saeng then got up, grabbed the sickle and swung the hooked blade across Ta’s cheek, Rop says.

Reports don’t go into detail about Ta’s condition, but photos of the scene by the Phuket News show a significant amount of blood on the concrete floor.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Police arrest woman for allegedly selling fashion dental retainers

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Police arrested a woman for allegedly selling and fitting fashion dental retainers and braces. They seized equipment used for making dental casts and retainers found at her home in Ratchaburi and charged 27 year old Mukda Luanrod with illegally fitting fashion dental retainers.

The woman has allegedly been selling the retainers on a Facebook page under the name “Cherdchu Retainer” since November 2017, targeting mostly teenage students. Police say she sold the retainers for 900 baht for one and 1,790 baht for a pair. Sometimes she would offer retainers at 800 baht.

Police tracked Mukda and searched her home in the Domnoen Saduak district, finding 6 dental retainers, 13 dental casts, 89 bags of powder for dental casts, 400 boxes of retainers and other items related to the fashion dental retainers.

In Thailand, braces and retainers are a fashion trend and also seen as a symbol of wealth. Police have cracked down on people selling and producing the fake dental products. Some fake dental braces are found to be made with types of metal that can be harmful to someone’s health if worn for a long period of time.

Mukda’s dental retainers were unhygienic, substandard and posed a risk to customers’ health, according to Wattana Boon-on from the Dental Council of Thailand.

Police are investigating other online businesses that are allegedly selling and producing fashion dental products.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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