A Nigerian national and a Thai female national, 23, were arrested in the Pattaya area yesterday, July 6th, after allegedly jointly committing an online romance scam in Thailand.
The duo, Robinson Ibuka Ade and Thidarat Biraban, was wanted by the Thai Criminal Court’s arrest warrant over the charge of joining to commit fraud and importing forged data into a computer system. Upon their arrest, cash of 148,000 Thai baht, 2,000 US dollars, and two ATM cards were discovered and confiscated by Thai police.
The arrest took place after a victim in Nakhon Sri Thammarat filed a complaint, stating that they had lost 905,000 baht from an Instagram account user, “davilalinda720”, who allegedly claimed that he was an American soldier who fought in Syria. The account owner then would trick the victim into transferring a large amount of money several times.
According to the initial investigation, at least 40 victims who filed similar reports at Don Mueng Police Station had claimed that they were scammed by the same Instagram account and lost 112,000 baht in total. The police then requested an arrest warrant from the Bangkok Criminal Court.
The investigation then revealed that the account owner was living in a condo in Pattaya. The Nigerian suspect was discovered inside the room. He was eventually arrested as he attempted to escape and jumped/fell from the balcony of the third floor of the building. He was captured immediately by police on the ground outside of the condo. Thidarat was also discovered in the condo, who Robinson appeared to be willing to leave behind based on leaping off the balcony, with a total amount of 51,000 baht on her person.
The couple was taken into police custody at Don Mueng Police Station while the other victims were also being questioned for further information. Robinson Ibuka Ade was given medical treatment for his fall, which he survived without serious injuries, according to police.
Photo Courtesy: Police TV by UCI Media
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