Thai woman arrested for RM794m ‘romantic racket’


BANGKOK, June 4 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): A Thai woman has been arrested in connection with a ‘romance scam’, in which another woman was tricked into transferring 6.2 billion baht (RM794 million) money from his employer into accounts in several of the countries.

The 31-year-old suspect identified only as “Som” was found at a construction workers’ camp in Chiang Rai’s Mae Chan district. His case was in the hands of the Crime Suppression Division and the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The suspect claimed she was hired by a gang of Nigerian crooks to open bank accounts worth $10,000 each, police said.

In 2019, a woman identified only as “Shamanan” was led to believe she was in love with an American doctor based in Afghanistan.

Police said the Nigeria-based scammer told them he had received a huge inheritance and wanted to transfer the money to Thailand.

He sought Chamanan’s help while tricking her into making several money transfers from his company’s bank accounts.

As the CFO of a Thai company, Chamanan had access to funds and ended up transferring over 6.2 billion baht to different bank accounts in 17 countries.

Som is among about 30 people wanted for high-profile scams. Arrest warrants have been issued for each of them for transnational crime, money laundering, criminal racketeering, embezzlement, violation of computer crime law, etc. – The Nation Thailand/ANN


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