BANGKOK – Thailand’s Tourist Police acting deputy commissioner has released details of a raid on the Sue Tow call center network with over 1.7 million Taiwanese dollars cash seized.
Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakphan, deputy commissioner of the Tourism Police, said the raid was undertaken as a cooperative venture between the tourism police and Taiwanese police.
The gang was arrested in Tainan City, Taiwan. The arrest followed the gang’s deception of residents of various areas of Bangkok into transferring many millions baht. When it was found that the transfers were made in Taiwan instead of in Thailand to avoid arrest, the police coordinated with the Taiwanese government to handle the crime.
More than 10 Bangkok retirees had been duped of about Bt1 million that was withdrawn in Taiwan.
10 leaders of the network and 11 ATM users were arrested. 1.7 million Taiwanese dollars, 14 mobile phones, 10 ATM cards, seven books containing the network’s name-lists and two CPUs were seized.
Among the 10 key suspects arrested were nine males: Woo Wenfeng, Huang Jui Foo, Lin Ying Cheng, Pai Hsuan, Liu Zhang Chen, Chen Jihaa, Su Ech, Luan Chun and Chen Weng. So Rin was the sole arrested female.
Thai police also submitted to the Taiwan police the names of 29 Taiwanese suspects who were wanted in Thailand for separate telecom fraud cases, Surachate said, adding that Taiwan police are now hunting down those on the list.
By Vipaporn Pooritanasarn