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AMLO asks banks to monitor

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) will ask banks to check for suspicious transactions of 470 bank accounts of which 324 involved "call-centre" scams, 112 were related to tax fraud, 20 to drug trafficking and 14 were involved in online fraud.

AMLO secretary-general Pol Colonel Sihanart Prayoonrat said the agency also was screening 1,000 names of drug suspects and another 100 names of gambling suspects. These will also be submitted for scrutiny to the financial institutions, who must then report back to AMLO. The procedure would take three months. If instructions are ignored, the AMLO could impose a fine of Bt500,000 per bank account, he warned.

"AMLO is asking banks to only check some suspicious accounts that may be involved in money-laundering," he said.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police Bureau yesterday said 2,133 slot machines along with Bt1,211,710 in coins were seized between May 31 and Tuesday.

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