Eight Nigerians were arraigned by Thailand police on Monday for allegedly engaging in internet fraud.
The suspects were alleged to have colluded with six other Thai suspects to swindle Bt2 million from Thai women in Ratchaburi, Samut Sakhon, Phitsanulok, Chon Buri and Bangkok’s Dusit district, Thailand.
Deputy Tourist Police chief Maj-General Surachate Hakpan told newsmen that the investigation began after complaints from victims – each of whom wired between Bt300,000 and Bt500,000 to the gang.
Hakpan said that the Thai suspects – including at least four Thai women – aided the gang by opening bank accounts and withdrawing cash for the foreign suspects.
He added that despite the Thai suspects’ claim of innocence, they would face a charge of public fraud and abetting trans-national crimes, which is punishable with up to 10 years imprisonment.