Scam victims seek DSI aid

Scam victims seek DSI aid

A group of victims who were defrauded of 845 million baht by a gold trading firm in Chon Buri have renewed their call for the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to accept their case after a lack of progress.

Led by Kanchasom Sanga-song, the group said they want the DSI to take the case because he agency has the resources to track down the money.

They had asked the DSI to accept the case in February but it apparently took no steps.

The fraud came to light early this year when complaints were lodged with local police in Chon Buri's Sattahip and Pattaya and in Rayong against Ratana Puwaratanakul and her husband Pornpote Puwaratanakul.

The couple was accused of defrauding 845 million baht from 165 investors in their gold trading business, Ausiris Sattahip Gold and Futures Co. Both had surrendered to police and the cases are being handled by local police.

The firm, which had branches in the eastern provinces, allegedly offered gold for sale at below-market rates with the firm holding the gold bullion as investment.

When the firm failed to make payments in December last yer, customers began "withdrawing" their gold and forced the company to close. Some 165 investors claimed they were cheated out of their money.

Lt Col Kitti Pakdirakpong, a DSI investigator, promised to speed up the consideration process.

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