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Thai Authorities Invalidate Crypto Scammer’s Passport

Published: 11/10/2018
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The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has revoked the passport of a suspected of crypto scam Prinya Jaravijit, who is currently outside the country, therefore, he has no way to return to his homeland, according to Bangkok Post.

 

Jaravijit stayed in the United States when a fraud scheme was discovered, by which an alleged scammer with his complices deceived Aarni Otava Saarima, a Finnish crypto businessman, appropriating $24 mln.

 

Pol Col Chakrit Sawasdee, deputy commander of the Thai Crime Suppression Division (CSD), confirmed to the media that the country's MFA recognized the Jaravijit’s passport as invalid.

 

The police demanded that the suspect had to arrive in Thailand for the investigation on Monday, October 8, but Jaravijit couldn’t do it because his passport was declared invalid. Moreover, his presence on the US territory is now considered illegal, so he has to solve this problem with the Thai Embassy.

 

On Tuesday, October 9, the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO), Thailand, confiscated $6.5 million from Prinya Jaravijit's family and other suspects associated with the case. It is expected that Jaravijit’s elder brother is to be charged with money laundering in the near future, as he allegedly got funds from a relative and spent it.

 

As previously reported, Aarni Otava Saarimaa withdrew his complaint filed against Thai scammers without explaining the reasons.

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