Man arrested over B184m glove export scam

Man arrested over B184m glove export scam

A 50-year-old man has been arrested in Chatuchak district for suspected involvement in a rubber glove export fraud, which cost the buyer about 184 million baht.

The man, identified by police as Khamphi Khamperayannon, was arrested by a joint team consisting of officers from the Consumer Protection Police Division and Crime Suppression Division's Subdivision 1, following an order issued by Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) commissioner, Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej.

The suspect was wanted over his ties to a rubber glove factory in Sa Kaeo's Watthana Nakhon district, which turned out to be non-existent, police said.

Police said a firm based in the United States entered into an agreement with Khamphi's company to purchase two million boxes of powder-free nitrile gloves.

The firm found Khamphi's company through a Chinese broker, who believed Khamphi's company to be legitimate after reviewing its website.

The firm entered into a deal to buy two million boxes of rubber gloves for US$15.5 million, which was to be paid in 12 monthly instalments, by agreeing to put down a deposit of US$6.2 million (184 million baht).

When the firm demanded to inspect the factory, Khamphi refused, citing the pandemic, police said.

On June 14, the firm sent its representative to inspect an address in Sa Kaeo where Khamphi said his factory was, but there was no factory there, police said.

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