Six offenders have been jailed for twenty million baht Covid-19 test fraud, according to Thailand’s Consumer Protection Police Division. According to Police Major General Anant Nanasombat, the defendants allegedly offered to sell ATK tests on 4 Facebook sites, charging around 10,000 people 900 baht per box while the test kits were in limited supply. Customers were unable to contact sellers when test kits failed to arrive.
According to Anant, the masterminds of the scheme will be apprehended. So far, six people between the ages of 19 and 48 have been arrested. They were under arrest in the provinces of Chiang Rai, Yasothon, Udon Thani, Chiang Mai and Songkhla. According to police colonel Neti Wongkularb, supervisor of the division, around 20 million baht had been transferred through the suspects’ bank accounts. Five men and one woman are among the suspects.
This is not the first time Thai thieves have taken advantage of the disease. A Bangkok nurse was arrested last month on suspicion of deceiving the public in a multi-million baht flu vaccine scam.
The nurse established a strategy for distributing influenza vaccines to companies, manufacturers and government institutions. She reportedly claimed to have struck a deal with Abbot Laboratories in Bangkok, promising to pay investors 25 baht for each vaccine. Investors initially received part of their profits, but payments eventually stopped, exposing the fraud.
Authorities opened an investigation after receiving complaints from a number of people who had lost more than five million baht. They discovered that Abbott Laboratories did not have a contract in place.
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