Thai Scammers Do Not Admit Stealing $24 Million In Bitcoin
Three members of the Jaravijit family, who were accused of bitcoin fraud for $24 million by Thai law enforcement agencies, refused to plead guilty, Bangkok Post reports.
During the trial, prosecutors charged three defendants and six accomplices with fraud committed in 2017 against Aamai Otava Saarimaa, a 21-year-old crypto investor from Finland.
The investigation found that the defendants convinced the young man to purchase Expay Software's securities, 500 million shares of DNA and invest in Dragon Coin (DRG), a token associated with the gambling industry. Saarimaa gave his consent and transferred the funds to the Jaravijit’s crypto wallets. After some time, the deceived investor went to the police not finding any profit.
Meanwhile, Jiratpisit Jaravijit, a Thai actor with a nickname Boom, became the owner of a land plot in Chatuchak district of Bangkok. His older brother Prinya and sister Supitcha also acquired plots in the capital.
Jiratpisit and Supitcha were arrested in August 2018 and then released on bail of $61,000 each, and Prinya fled to the United States in an attempt to avoid accusations.
In October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand canceled Prinya’s passport, and his stay in the United States became illegal. He was expelled from the country, detained by the Thai police without the right to use bail, and is currently in prison.