Detention of Suspects in Scam Network
On September 1, Jakkreena “Kiki Maxim” Chookhaowsri, a model, and eight other suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in a Chinese-led scam network. The Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) took them to the Criminal Court to seek their detention. The suspects were apprehended during a police crackdown operation targeting illegal activities, including cryptocurrency investment fraud, romance fraud, and money laundering.
Charges and Denial of Allegations
The suspects face multiple charges, such as collusion in fraud, entering false information into a computer system, transnational crime, money laundering, and related offenses. Pol Col Watcharaphan Siripak, superintendent of the TCSD’s sub-division 1, stated that all suspects denied involvement in the scam network during questioning. However, the police investigators claim to possess sufficient evidence to prosecute them.
Ongoing Search for Additional Network Members
Authorities are currently tracking down five more network members with outstanding arrest warrants for fraud. These individuals include Thai, Chinese, and Myanmar nationals. The search is part of an ongoing effort to dismantle the scam network.
Multi-Agency Raid across Multiple Provinces
On September 1, over 200 police officers and officials from several agencies conducted raids at 30 locations across Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, and Udon Thani. During the operation, nine suspects were arrested, including two Chinese nationals and seven Thais. Among the detainees was Jakkreena “Kiki Maxim” Chookhaowsri, a model from Maxim, a men’s magazine known for featuring bikini-clad women.
Seized Assets Worth Over 1 Billion Baht
During the raids, authorities confiscated a vast array of assets, including 16 luxury houses, 12 high-end cars, six million baht in cash, gold ornaments, luxury watches, brand-name bags, computers, and bank accounts. The total estimated value of the seized assets is over 1 billion baht.
Public Warning on Scams and Fraud
As the investigation continues, it is crucial for the general public to remain vigilant against potential scams and fraudulent activities. Keeping informed and exercising caution when engaging in financial transactions, particularly online, can help protect against falling victim to such criminal networks.