Deputy Police Chief Surachate Investigates Cambodia Scam-Deaths Case

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Joint Efforts with Cambodian Police

Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn is set to travel to Cambodia to collaborate with local law enforcement in hunting down a Chinese-led scam gang in Poipet. This gang is connected to a tragic family incident in Samut Prakan, Thailand.

The Samut Prakan Family Tragedy

A recent case in Samut Prakan involves Sanit Dokmai, who is accused of murdering his wife, Wipaporn Racha, and their two sons, aged 9 and 13. Sanit attempted suicide after the crime but survived and is now being treated in a hospital. The motive for his actions appears to stem from online fraud and massive debt.

Wipaporn, trying to help her husband clear the debt, fell victim to scammers and was cheated out of 1.7 million baht. Devastated by the loss, Sanit killed his family members and tried to take his own life.

Pursuing the Scam Gang

Pol Gen Surachate shared that the police have received court approval to arrest 11 suspects who owned mule bank accounts associated with the scam gang. Two of the suspects are already in custody.

The two apprehended suspects, residents of Sa Kaeo, were responsible for withdrawing cash from their accounts and crossing the border to deliver the money to the Chinese gang leader in Poipet. One of them, Suchada Chabutsri, was arrested upon returning across the border from Poipet.

Suchada is wanted on an arrest warrant for colluding in fraud, inputting false information into a computer system causing damage to people, and opening a bank account or allowing others to use an electronic card for fraudulent purposes.

Seizing Assets and Cross-Border Collaboration

Police have seized bank accounts, cash, and ATM cards of those involved in the case. Pol Gen Surachate plans to coordinate with Cambodian police to hunt down the scammers and bring them to justice.

The tragic family murder case has deeply affected the public, drawing media attention to the consequences of falling victim to such scams. The cooperation between Thai and Cambodian law enforcement marks a crucial step in combating cross-border fraud and achieving justice for the victims.