Internet gambling network raid Thailand
Ranongruk Suwunchwee, Information and Communications Technology minister, announced that an internet gambling network was busted by a joint operation by the Thai Crime Suppression Division (CSD) and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.
The Bangkok Post reported that the bust led to the detention of 4 accused operators and the capture of €570.000 in cash, computers, documents regarding business dealing, and other items. The four detained persons were: Palida Yaemphum (37), Chomphoonut Mee-yam (28), Aphinya Phaluk (33) and Aksarin Chusetthawong (46).
The four arrested persons had confessed that they operated a call centre to support online gamblers on the Bsian website during nearly four years, accepting bets from approximately 100 clients daily, according to Colonel Thanai Aphichatsenee, who managed the Crime Suppression Division team during the bust.
The call centre cooperated with a gambling network in an unknown neighboring nation, and the activities resulted in approximately €300.000 in cash daily.
Online gamblers first needed to open an account and transfer money to the savings account of Sulakkhana Sitthiphon, who supposedly was the owner of the website. After the money was transferred, gamblers received a password and user name through a text message on their cell phone. The bets on the casino games ranged between €3 – €150.
Crime Suppression Division
A Crime Suppression Division official opened an account and started gambling, and in the next two months the investigating team collected evidences previous to the bust. Further arrests may follow when more information becomes available and when the captured business records are analyzed for criminal operations, according to a police spokesman.