Police nab wanted US national

Police nab wanted US national

Bank fraud suspect caught in Hua Hin a day before 15-year statute of limitations expired

Fraud suspect Thomas Michael Grimm (centre) is flanked by officers at the police Economic Crime Division on Thursday. (Economic Crime Division photo)
Fraud suspect Thomas Michael Grimm (centre) is flanked by officers at the police Economic Crime Division on Thursday. (Economic Crime Division photo)

A 63-year-old US national accused of defrauding bank customers has been arrested in Hua Hin one day before the statute of limitations expired, police said on Friday.

Thomas Michael Grimm was tracked down in the resort town in Prachuap Khiri Khan on Thursday by Economic Crime Division (ECD) police after almost 15 years on the run, according to the ECD.

He was one of three people accused of being involved in a scam targeting e-banking customers dating back to October 2006. The two others were Thai nationals identified only as Thanathip and Thanayarat.

Customers were tricked into entering confidential information, after which their accounts were accessed and money stolen, police said.

According to the ECD, the investigation started in February 2007 when a representative from Kasikornbank filed a complaint against Mr Thanathip and Ms Thanayarat accusing them of colluding to defraud people. The pair were later arrested and Mr Grimm was implicated during the investigation.

Police said he allegedly sent messages to the bank’s e-banking customers directing them to a bogus website where they were asked to fill out personal information.

One person had hundreds of thousands of baht stolen, police said.

Police sought a warrant for Mr Grimm’s arrest from the Thon Buri Criminal Court on Monday and caught him at a hotel in Hua Hin.


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