Eight summonses issued in B797m bitcoin fraud case

Eight summonses issued in B797m bitcoin fraud case

Actor Jiratpisit
Actor Jiratpisit "Boom" Jaravijit, 27, during his arrest last week for alleged money-laundering in the B797m bitcoin fraud case. He and others have now been summoned to answer charges of fraud in the same case. (Police photo)

The Crime Suppression Division issued summonses on Friday for eight people in the 797-million-baht bitcoin fraud case: a TV actor, members of his family, two businessmen and a former soldier.

CSD deputy commander Chakrit Sawasdee said the eight people fell into two groups. The first would be charged with fraud. It comprises actor Jiratpisit "Boom" Jaravijit, his brothers Prinya and Tanasit, and businessmen Chakris Ahmad and Prasit Srisuwan.

The suspects failed to acquire the 500 million shares at 0.50 baht each they promised a foreign investor and his Thai partner in the DNA 2002 company, and provided only 345 million shares, Pol Col Chakrit said.

Finnish national Aarni Otava Saarimaa, 22, and his Thai partner filed their complaint in January this year. They did not accept the reduced number of shares, the CSD deputy commander said.

The five suspects are required to report to the CSD on Aug 28 and 29.

The other group comprises the parents, Suwit and Lertchat Jaravijit, who received 90 million baht of the money, and former soldier Thammanat Prompao, who received shares from Mr Prinya.

They are ordered to meet CSD interrogators on Aug 27 and 28. After questioning, police would decide whether to charge them with money laundering.

The two complainants were lured into transferring bitcoin worth a reported 797 million baht to some of the suspects, who said they would invest it on their behalf in companies, including a casino, and the digital currency Dragon Coin.

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