|Jakraphan Nathanri - Bangkok Post - 16-11-25
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Police have arrested two Nigerian men and three Thai women for allegedly swindling a Thai woman out of more than 500,000 baht. Bank books indicate the men may have received up to 50 million baht from other victims.
Khon Kaen: Police have arrested two Nigerian men and three Thai women for allegedly swindling a Thai woman out of more than 500,000 baht.
Provincial Region 4 police identified the Nigerian men as Okwutor Odion Peter, 29, and Jeremiah Saturday Ndion, 27.
The three Thai women were named as Jerati Saisin, 30, Natcha Thongbai, 30 and Ketsara Maksri, 34.
All five suspects were arrested by police during a raid on a condo in Bangkok's Bang Kapi district. Officers also seized a number of passbooks issued by various banks, ATM cards, 15 mobile phones, and a notebook computer.
The suspects tried to destroy the passbooks and a list of their victims as police burst in on them, Chatupol Panraksa, acting chief of Police Provincial Region Police 4 said.
Checks found the Nigerian men entered Thailand in 2014 on tourist visas.
Their visas had expired and had not been renewed, Pol Maj Gen Chatupol said.
The arrests followed a complaint from a woman who owns a rubber plantation in the Northeast who claimed she was deceived by the suspects into transferring more than 500,000 baht to them in October.
The Nigerian men contacted her via Facebook posing as engineers for a well-known global company, Pol Maj Gen Chatupol said.
The victim had been in contact with them for more than six months before the gang told her they would soon be in Thailand and wanted to meet her, the officer said.
Later, the Nigerians claimed they had arrived in Phuket, but were being held by immigration police for having money that exceeded the amount permitted by law, Pol Maj Gen Chatupol said.
They told the woman they had to pay tax on the excess money, and asked the victim to send them 500,000 baht.
He said the gang often targeted women in the Northeast wanting to marry foreigners.
The seized bank passbooks revealed more than 50 million baht had been transferred to the gang.
Pol Maj Gen Chatupol said two other women from the Northeast had also filed police complaints in the last few weeks.
According to police, two of the three women arrested were the wives of the Nigerian suspects and the other was a friend.
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