Luxury cars seized in macau888 probe
published : 7 Feb 2023 at 04:00
newspaper section: News
writer: Wassayos Ngamkham
Cyber-crime police upped their investigations into the macau888 gambling network with three raids in Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday.
Pol Lt Gen Worawat Watnakhonbancha, commissioner of the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB), said the three raids were related to the gambling network's alleged owner, Chaiwat "Benz Daemon" Kajornboonthavor. The three sites raided were locations where Mr Chaiwat stored his luxury cars.
One of the raid locations was a warehouse in Krunthep Kreeta, where officers had earlier received information about Mr Chaiwat's 44-million-baht Lamborghini Aventador V2.
The Lamborghini disappeared before the raid, but police said they seized other property belonging to the so-called "four brothers," who all have the initial "Bor", the site's alleged operators, who were identified by actress Arisara "Due" Thongborisut in a Facebook post on Jan 15.
The seized property included two Mercedes-Benz cars, one owned by Kittiphong Kajornboonthavorn, Mr Chaiwat's brother, and the other owned by Isara Kutthachaikul, one of the 13 suspects in the CCIB's warrant, who is now on the run in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
According to Pol Lt Gen Worawat, the CCIB will invite the warehouse owner for further questioning while tracking down each car's transaction.
The other locations raided by police yesterday were a car showroom on Patthanakarn Road, another place where Mr Chaiwat stored the Lamborghini and a garage owned by a man known as Thu Korat in Nakhon Ratchasima, where two Nissan racing cars used by Mr Chaiwat were seized.
The Lamborghini was not found in these raids.
The CCIB had sought warrants for 13 suspects on charges, including advertising an illegal activity and money laundering, after one of the network's members was arrested on Friday.
Pol Lt Gen Worawat said seven of the 13 suspects have since been charged and admitted to opening bank accounts illegally.
Five of the other six on the run have fled the country, he said, adding that the sixth suspect's immigration data has not yet been recovered.