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Fraud, child porn arrests among pre-holiday busts

EVEN AS THE country is poised to celebrate the New Year, police continue to bust wrongdoers. Four recent cases were shared with media by Immigration police chief Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakpal in Bangkok on Thursday. They included the arrest of “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. In the first case, “Net Idols” Watcharaporn Polsan, 25, and Kannikar Phandu, 19 were apprehended mid-month 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 Bt50 million 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 on Thursday for allegedly milking Bt1.7 million 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 receipt evidence, and to alert the Department of Employment if they still cannot travel... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Fraud, child porn arrests among pre-holiday busts, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Fraud, child porn arrests among pre-holiday busts

 

 

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Published By: Samui Times - Sunday, 30 December

 

 

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