The Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) has frozen Bt3 million in the bank accounts of fraud suspect Pasit “Shogun” Ariyalapit, with almost 400 victims of her alleged tour scam having filed complaints with police.
Pasit’s condominium, which was still under her name, has also been confiscated pending investigation, Pol Lt General Sutin Sappuang, chief of Crime Suppression police, said yesterฌday after meeting AMLO officials at his office.
There had been rumours she had already transferred ownership of the condo to someone else.
The investigation has led police to believe that Pasit is the ringleader.
Police and AMLO would seek to seize more assets so that funds can eventually be returned to the victims as compensation, Sutin said.
“As of now, almost 400 people who fell victim to the scam have already filed complaints with police, seeking legal action against Pasit. More are expected to folฌlow suit,” he said.
Those living in the provinces could file complaints with tourism or regular police in their areas, he added.
More suspects are believed to be involved in the scam and police are collecting evidence to take out arrest warrants for them.
Pasit, the founder and chief execuฌtive of foodsupplement firm WealthEver, faces fraud charges after allegedly defrauding more than 1,000 people who were promised a threeday Songkran trip to Japan but were left stranded at Suvarnabhumi airport on Tuesday night.
Police arrested her in Ranong the next day after five of her relatives were taken in for questioning.
Pol Lt General Thitirat Nonghanpitak, from Central Investigation police, said a team of police and AMLO agents had been set up for Pasit’s case and would meet on Monday.
The police are from the crime, techฌnology and economic crime suppresฌsion, and tourism units.
A group of 10 “supporters” of Pasit gathered at the Institution for Female Offenders in Chatuchak district and encouraged her not to despair.
They told Pasit, who was transฌferred there from Crime Suppression headquarters, that they are gathering money to bail her out.
Nitisak Meekuat, Pasit’s lawyer, told reporters that Pasit was maintaining her innocence.
Her papers and property are being prepared for an application for bail but Pasit would remain in cusฌtody in the meantime, he said after paying his client an early morning visit before she was moved to the new detention centre.