Police have launched a manhunt for a fraudster who allegedly cheated more than 1,500 people who bought cheap package tour to Japan from her phoney company, WealthEver, which is in fact a pyramid scheme operator.
Police said that the alleged fraudster had changed her name and surname over ten times with the latest name being Ms Pasit Arinlapit, alias Sinsae Shogun.
About 400 complaints have been lodged with the Crime Suppression Division police by victims of WealthEver after they were stranded at Suvarnabhumi international airport Tuesday after they found out that there was no flight to take them to Japan as promised by the phoney company.
Police said that WealthEver was never registered as a direct sale company or a tour company.
Police crime record shows that there are six fraud cases pending against Ms Pasit together with three arrest warrants.
Suvarnabhumi airport police detained two officials of WealthEver for questioning.
One of the victims, Ms Pongnapa Thitiwatchara, told the media that she bought the package tour to Japan from WealthEver at about 20,000 baht and had already transferred 10,000 baht to the firm. But when she showed up at the airport to board a flight to Japan Tuesday night, she could not locate any official of the company and could not get in touch with any of them.
Ms Pongnapa said a friend of her who also bought the package tour believed that the company would not cheat them and did not file a complaint with the police.
Another victim, Ms Sitipitcha Inganuraksakul, said she was a member of a on online trade service and could use her purchase record to buy package tour at half the price. She added that she bought the tour to Japan through an agent, not directly from WealthEver.
Only when she showed up at the airport Tuesday night she found out that there was no package tour to Japan.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)