The military today handed over eight suspects linked to the Ponzi scheme mass marketing fraud operated by "Sinsae Shogun" to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) for full investigation.
The eight suspects were rounded up by soldiers in Ranong province where they were believed preparing to escape into Myanmar.
Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Rangsiphramanakul, Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) commissioner Pol Lt Gen Thitiraj Nongharnpitak, and CSD commander Pol Maj Gen Suthin Sabpuang were on hand to receive all the suspects from the military at the CSD headquarters this morning.
The eight suspects are Ms Tasdao Samakasikan, 35, Mrs Monthaya Nirandon, 55, Mr Kongsarun Sangprapa, 22, Mrs Pranom Planuson, 40, Mrs Nichamon Sangprapa, 64, Mrs Parintorn Honghirun, 35, Ms Sudarat Aneknuan, 25 and Mr Kowit Chuaysat, 30.
All were escorted from the 11th Army Area to the CSD for detention.
Most of these suspects are relatives and associates of Shogun who now faces a second charge criminal association.
Meanwhile more and more victims of the Shogun Ponzi scheme are coming forward to file complaints with the CSD police after they were fooled into becoming members of a food supplement direct sales firm named Wealth Ever Co run by Ms Pasit Arinchalaphit who is otherwise known as Sinsae Shogun.
To attract more people to invest in the scheme, the firm promised a free trip to Japan after registration fees were paid.
In a new development in the case, a leading actor Chatmongkon Bamphen reported to the CSD police yesterday after a video clip showed him accompanying Shogun and 6 other people on a special chartered flight.
He however claimed that he was not connected in any way with the Shogun syndicate but claimed to have also been a victim who was promised a free trip to Osaka, Japan after he paid the 9,730 baht registration fee.
CIB commissioner Pol Lt Gen Thitiraj convened a meeting with six relevant government agencies which include the Anti Money Laundering Office (AMLO) yesterday and concluded that thus far there was no evidence to indicate that Shogun had committed lese majeste nor were there any proof of her connection to an earlier U-Fund Ponzi scheme scandal.
But he however did reveal that investigators were in the process of determining if Shogun had any backers.
So far the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has seized 3 million baht in Shogun's bank account as well as a condominium unit and 6 automobiles.
In total this amounts to 10 million baht in seized assets.
The police officer also warned anyone connected to Shogun against any attempt to help her transfer her assets would also be arrested and face money laundering charges.
In the meantime, the Legal Execution Department is advising all victims of the Shogun syndicate to file complaints with either the CSD or AMLO in order to ensure that they are covered in both the criminal and civil cases. This will guarantee that their damage claims be satisfied.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)