Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang, the Immigration Bureau commander, on Wednesday announced the arrest of three suspects; Ma Jin and Li Yingquan, both 42, and Chen Zhenhua, 30.
Tianjin Police Department in China issued an Interpol Red Warrant for the three men. Tianjin Police have implicated them in a US$22.8 million swindle involving internet banking transactions.
“The Immigration Bureau has been working with International Crime Prevention Unit and Phuket Immigration Office to track the activities of these three suspects,” said Sompong. “The Chinese men fled from China to Phuket to lay low at an apartment in Kamala subdistrict of Katu district.”
Immigration said the three will have their visas and passports revoked. Thai Immigration officials said they will also be extradited back to China to face prosecution, the Nation reports.
Sompong revealed that Ma, a former financial employee of a company in China, used a specialized USB stick to transfer money from the company’s internet banking transactions into his own account.
“He swindled over US$22.8 million by making 188 transfers from the company’s account, while the other 2 suspects are accomplices who fled to Phuket together.”