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‘Sinsae Shogun’ Travel Scam Suspects Face More Charges

Bangkok, Tue Apr 18 2017
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The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police will press criminal conspiracy charges against Pasist Arinchayalapis, alias Sinsae Shogun, while a court has issued warrants for the arrest of eight of her relatives and associates in a sales scam that she allegedly carried out.

CSD commander Suthin Sappuang said yesterday Ms Pasist had colluded with her associates to secretly run a business with the intent to defraud people.

However, police had found no evidence suggesting Ms Pasist committed lese majeste offences under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, he added, despite earlier suggestions. Ms Pasist, who is already facing charges of fraud, has been detained at the Central Women's Correctional Institution.

The company linked to the fraud, where Ms Pasist is an executive, was registered as a wholesale distributor of non-alcoholic drinks with the Commerce Ministry. While it claims to sell food supplements, an initial investigation found it lured people into buying shares in the company with fake overseas trips.

Pol Maj Gen Suthin said a court had approved arrest warrants for eight people including her mother and aunt for colluding in the alleged sales fraud and conspiracy to break the law. They were placed under arrest last Wednesday following complaints over a bogus trip to Japan arranged by Ms Pasist's company as an incentive for investing in her business.

The suspects are Tatdao Samukkasikun, 35, Monthaya Nirundorn, 55, Kongsarun Saengprapha, 22, Pranom Palanuson, 40, Nichamon Saengprapha, 64, Parinthorn Honghirun Duckor, 35, Sudarat Aneknuan, 25 and Kovit Chuaisud, 30.

Police said soldiers of the 11th Military Circle in Bangkok, where the suspects have been detained, will take them to investigators at the CSD office today for questioning.

Meanwhile, Anti-Money Laundering Office officials announced the freezing of Ms Pasist's assets and property, worth more than 10 million baht, Pol Maj Gen Suthin said. Over three million baht in cash, a room in a condominium, and six sedans were seized, police said.

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