Police in Bangkok, Thailand have arrested a Japanese national Shuichi Ozawa, 42 for hundreds of millions of baht in rubber gloves fraud. Authorities believe he is a former member of the Sumiyoshi Yakuza gang in Japan.
Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej, the Commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau, said on Monday that Mr. Shuichi Ozawa, 42, was arrested at a hotel in Bangkok for unauthorized production of medical equipment.
Mr. Shuichi Ozawa’s arrest came after a raid on a warehouse in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district on June 8th.
At the warehouse, police found substandard rubber medical gloves worth about 100 million baht.
Last Thursday the Royal Thai Police also arrested the suspect’s wife, identified only as Ms. Supanida, 24. According to police she allegedly sold substandard rubber medical gloves and failed to deliver all ordered gloves.
Ms. Supanida allegedly tricked victims out of nearly 4 million baht, police reported.
Last Friday crime suppression police discovered over 10 million substandard rubber medical gloves in six cargo containers at a container yard in Sri Racha, Chon Buri. The gloves allegedly belonged to Mr. Ozawa.
Mr. Ozawa was released on bail but arrested again under two more arrest warrants issued last Friday by criminal courts in Bangkok.
The warrants are in response to complaints from two companies in Switzerland and the United States. They claimed they were frauded out of 368 million baht when they ordered rubber medical gloves from Mr. Ozawa.
Police found that the Japanese suspect had lured many Thai and foreign buyers into paying hundreds of millions of baht for substandard rubber medical gloves.
After arriving in Thailand from Japan, Mr. Ozawa had allegedly taught English and Japanese. His school shut down during the pandemic and so he turned to the illegal medical rubber glove business, police said.