Notorious Thai gambling “businessman” sentenced to 20 years in prison


Bangkok –

  Mr. Po Arnon, 30, well known as ‘Sia Po’ was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday (December 14th) for promoting online gambling and money laundering.

Our previous story:

The arrest took place at one of Sia Po’s places on Phetkasem Road in the Phasicharoen district of Bangkok last year.

Now for the update:

The Criminal Court read the judgment yesterday morning and stated that Sia Po and 20 others in his business were violating the Money Laundering Act and the Gambling Act.

There was in total 1,760,970,545 million baht (1.7 billion baht) made from financial transactions from online gambling with 841,678,523 million baht in money laundering.

The court sentenced Sia Po, who was the main operator, to 54 years. However, Sia Po was finally sentenced to 20 years in prison as Thailand’s imprisonment sentences are set at a maximum of 20 years.

Eighteen others were sentenced to various imprisonments. Most of them were sentenced to one year and four months in prison. Two of them escaped during the trial in which one of them was sentenced to three months imprisonment and another one was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.