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Child porn and fraud arrests among festive season stings

by Suriya Patathayo “Eight suspects arrested over child pornography charges.” As the annual ‘silly season’ rolls out, immigration police chief Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakpal in Bangkok wanted to make sure we hadn’t forgotten him. In a media scrum yesterday he reported four recent arrests – “Net Idol” fraud suspects, the arrest of an alleged con artist using the lure of jobs overseas, the crackdown on six Chinese beggars roaming Bangkok tourist attractions, and the nationwide searches that netted eight suspects on child pornography-related charges. The Nation reports that, in the first case, “Net Idols” 25 year old Watcharaporn Polsan and 19 year old Kannikar Phandu were apprehended on an arrest warrant issued by the Udon Thani Court. They were wanted for alleged public fraud and a violation to the Emergency Decree on Loans of Money Amounting to Public Cheating and Fraud. The duo and one elusive accomplice allegedly duped 300 people – many of whom were the followers of the two women’s high-traffic Facebook pages that made them “Net Idols” – of some 50 million baht for investment with a promise of high returns in July. However, they failed to pay a dividend or return the capital to victims. In the second case, former university lecturer Prin Sopa was apprehended yesterday for allegedly milking 1.7 million baht from 20 people with false promises of jobs in Australia. The victims, facing repeated postponements for getting their money back from Prin after they were told their visa applications were rejected in June, filed police complaints in November. Police initially charged Prin with fraud and inputting false information into the computer system accessible by the public. Police have also warned Thai job seekers to apply for overseas positions via legal agencies, to pay fees only by bank transactions so as to have payment... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Child porn and fraud arrests among festive season stings, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Child porn and fraud arrests among festive season stings

 

 

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Published By: Phuket Gazette - Thursday, 27 December

 

 

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