BANGKOK – Pol Maj Gen Pornchai Khuntee, Chief of the Immigration Bureau’s Division 1, has reported that Antonius Ceulen, a Canadian wanted by US marshals in Wisconsin for racketeering and fraud charges, has been arrested at his apartment in Khan Na Yao district, immigration police.
Pol Maj Gen Pornchai Khuntee, said Mr Cuelen was apprehended at an apartment where he lives with his wife.
Mr Ceulen is wanted on an arrest warrant from the District Court in Wisconsin for racketeering and fraud charges.
He was also brought to the attention of the Thai authorities through a website created by a Chiang Rai resident, showing his wanted status by the U.S. Marshalls Service.
The suspect and his friends faced two charges in the US state for selling securities for at least US$130 million for Lippmann Corp between November 1996 and 1997 with a promise for high interest rates in return for investors, but the investors never received the money back, according to the Bangkok Post.
Mr Ceulen fled to Thailand sometime between 2000 and 2011 and bought houses in Chiang Rai and Bangkok, and frequently visited Chiang Mai and Koh Chang in Trat, according to the US website.
The Canadian went into hiding in 2011 once the US administration was certain of his location in Thailand.
”Ceulen boasted that the Thai authorities would never catch him because he is much smarter than they were,” a message on the website said.
The Thai Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him in November last year.