Foreign teachers arrested over B27m masks swindle

Foreign teachers arrested over B27m masks swindle

Police arrest Philippine national Tanko Romo Jr, 27, in Maha Sarakham province on Tuesday, on charges of involvement in the fraudulent sale of surgical masks that swindled investors out of 27 million baht. (Photo supplied)
Police arrest Philippine national Tanko Romo Jr, 27, in Maha Sarakham province on Tuesday, on charges of involvement in the fraudulent sale of surgical masks that swindled investors out of 27 million baht. (Photo supplied)

Two language teachers, from the Philippines and Cameroon, have been arrested in the Northeast for alleged involvement in a face mask fraud that cost investors about 27 million baht.

Pol Maj Gen Jirapop Puridet, commander of the Crime Suppression Division, said on Wednesday that Filipino Tanko Romo Jr, 27, was arrested in Kantharawichai district of Maha Sarakham, and Cameroonian Asaka Mbah, 38, in Nong Nakham district of Khon Kaen, both on Tuesday.

The two suspects are allegedly part of a gang that claimed in March to be a large manufacturer of surgical masks.

The fraudsters created a fake website with a company name and logo and false procurement and transport documents. They offered surgical masks for sale in large amounts. 

They attracted purchases worth 27 million baht, which buyers transferred to the gang's bank accounts.

During the investigation, detectives managed to warn off one victim who was just about to make payment for an order, Pol Maj Gen Jirapop said.

The two suspects were working as language teachers.

Police targetted them after the earlier arrest of a Thai woman who was also part of the fraud, he said.


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