In Thailand, the main suspect of bitcoin fraud was arrested, as a result of which the Finnish investor lost 5564 BTC (approximately $24 million at a time).
According to the Bangkok Post, Prinya Jaravijit was detained on October 11 at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The alleged mastermind of the fraudulent scheme lived in the United States, where he fled after the arrest of his younger brother, the famous television actor Jiratpisit “Boom” Jaravijit, who was also involved in the scam.
Since the suspect did not appear for interrogation by the police for more than a month, at the request of the Crime Prevention Department, the country’s Foreign Ministry revoked the passport of Chigny, which made his stay in the US illegal. The Thai Embassy in the United States organized a suspect flight back to Bangkok.
After being arrested, Prinja Jarawiyit was taken to court, who arrested him on suspicion of criminal fraud and money laundering.
Previously injured Aarni Otava Saarimaa withdrew statements against two local businessmen who were also considered implicated in fraud. After that, only members of the Jarawiyit family remained among the suspects in the case – two brothers were arrested, and the younger sister and parents must go to court on Monday to respond to money laundering charges.
Recall that after this case of fraud, which received wide publicity in the media, the Bank of Thailand was forced to stand up for the cryptocurrency. The regulator explained that the scheme of deception was not directly related to digital assets.