Twenty Chinese citizens have been arrested in separate raids in Pattaya and charged with operating websites designed to deceive fellow Chinese.
The Chon Buri police chief Maj Gen Nanthachart Supamongkol and Pattaya’s Pol Col Chitdecha Songhong announced the results of the raids yesterday (Tuesday).
In the first raid, six Chinese men were arrested at a house on Soi Khao Talo in Moo 10 village in Tambon Nong Plue in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district.
They were charged with opening a website to deceive Chinese gamblers into making bogus bets. The six were also charged with unlawful entry into the Kingdom.
Police also seized five computers and 15 mobile phones from their house. Police say about 500,000 yuan (2.4 million baht) was lost in bogus bets on the website each day.
In the second raid, police arrested 14 Chinese nationals at a house in the Viewpoint housing estate and at the Lumpini Jomtien Sea View condominium.
In this case the 14 entered the country legally, according to police. They were charged with working without a permit and for opening a website to deceive Chinese investors to buy stocks, oil and foreign currency. All the investments have magically ‘vanished’, according to police.
STORY: The Nation