AT LEAST 360 victims have filed complaints against Pasit “Shogun” Ariyalapit, an alleged scam artist whose network reportedly caused more than Bt50 million in damages and left thousands of victims stranded at the Suvarnabhumi Airport during the Songkran Festival.
Pasit, 30, has been locked up at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution since Friday.
Police took custody yesterday of eight suspects connected to Pasit who were being held by the military, including Pasit’s mother Monthaya Nirandorn and girlfriend Tasdao Samakkasikan.
Special Branch Police Division 4 commander Pol Maj-General Chayapol Chatchaidej told a press conference yesterday that Pasit, an executive director of WellEver Company Ltd, and her alleged accomplices had given false information to people on social media.
“This gang promoted a free overseas trip to lure victims,” he said.
Chayapol said police, in collaboration with relevant agencies, had frozen the group’s assets worth about Bt15 million as the investigation continued.
Monthaya denied committing fraud, claiming she had never persuaded anyone to become a member of WellEver.
While insisting she knew little about Pasit’s business activities, the mother said she trusted her daughter had not cheated anyone.
Tasdao said WellEver was established just three months ago, using her home in Nakhon Sawan province as its registered address.
“Our company sold food supplements. Our members get commissions. Some have already received up to Bt2.4 million in commissions from us,” she said.
When asked about the company’s advertised trips to foreign countries, Tasdao said she had no details about how the trips were organised. “Shogun arranged all those things. No one else knows about it,” she said.
Ongoing investigations have revealed that WellEver was linked to All Asian Company Ltd, whose office premises in downtown Bangkok were searched yesterday, according to a source.
The source added that authorities would check documents and food supplements collected from the office. Officials will determine if food supplements had received permits from the Food and Drug Administration while the Technology Crime Suppression Division will help examine computer notebooks.