Thai Crime: Thai Police Arrest Seven People For Doing A Scam At New Bang Sue Station

In late July, seven suspects were arrested in connection with the vaccination registration scam at Bang Sue central railway station.
The suspects were identified as Pakamon Hompak, her husband Wichayapong Teera-angkananont, Surinat Patamawichaiporn, Jumpol Sriyapai, Bundhita Roongsawang, Kantima Yangthong and Hathaichanok Borirak.
Six people were arrested earlier in Bangkok, Ratchaburi, and Songkhla. Bundhita surrendered to police in Bangkok recently.
A team of seven volunteers assisted with the registration of people for Covid-19 inoculation appointments at the vaccination center at Bang Sue Grand Station.
Officials at the center discovered irregularities in late July when they discovered that about 1,000 additional names were being entered every day after 8 pm, when official working hours ended.
On July 28, more than 2,000 people waited in line at Gate No 4, even though only 384 people under the Foreign Ministry’s quota were expected to be vaccinated there.
There was an investigation into the unusually high number of people who turned up for vaccination. A majority of those who showed up had paid 400-1,200 baht each, as demanded by some people to get their names registered for appointments.
Siriluck Ubonnua, deputy director of the Bang Sue central vaccination center, filed a complaint with the Noppawong Railway Police seeking legal action against people involved in the fraud.
An investigation was conducted by the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB). About 200 people who were harmed were called to testify. Scammers took in about 7 million baht.
The CIB obtained court warrants for the arrest of the seven suspects based on the information provided by the witnesses.
The suspects were charged with violating the Computer Crimes Act.
In the presence of Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, a press conference was held on Monday about the arrests at Gate 1 of the Bang Sue central vaccination center.

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