A 35-year-old man has been arrested in Pattaya for allegedly opening bank accounts for groups of individuals who reportedly conducted organized fraud through LINE and other applications.
Yesterday, (April 16th), a team from the Chonburi Tourist Police arrested Mr. Sakchai Lachong, 35, in the Soi Buakhao area.
The arrest came after the Rayong Provincial Court had issued an arrest warrant for him for alleged offenses to the Computer Act in terms of fraud.
The arrest follows Rayong police being notified from an anonymous tip that Sakchai had opened bank accounts for individuals allegedly involved in various frauds and false investments which allowed suspects to collect money from victims.
Sakchai reportedly admitted to the Chonburi Tourist Police, “I am the person on the arrest warrant. I received almost 10,000 baht for opening bank accounts. However, I thought I was just helping people open a bank account as a good citizen as they (the organized fraud group) claimed to have problems doing so. I had no idea the account was being used for crime and am cooperating with police.”
Sakchai was taken to the Nong Grab Police Station in Rayong for further legal action. Chonburi provincial police are reportedly working on tracking down the organized fraud group although not all the suspects may be in the local area or even the country. The alleged scams are varied, but many involve “investing” small amounts with small rewards through various LINE groups and applications. Eventually, the victim is convinced to deposit a large amount for a large reward. At this point, however, the suspects discontinue contact with the victim.
Nong Grab police did not immediately answer a question from TPN media on if they believed Sakchai’s story that he did not know what the bank accounts were being used for.