'No complaints filed' against shady triads

'No complaints filed' against shady triads

Probes into two major cases involving Chinese grey businesses have been wrapped up without any victims stepping forward to file complaints, said deputy national police chief Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn.

The first case involves Yu Xinqi, who was arrested last month and charged with violating the Computer Act and establishing an unlicensed association in the country.

Pol Gen Surachate said Mr Yu, who set up the Shanxi Association of Thailand, targeted wealthy Chinese people who sought to invest overseas and persuaded them to invest in various businesses such as tourism, jewellery and foreign exchanges in Thailand.

Mr Yu attended forums where he met cabinet members, high-ranking officers and VIPs and took photos with them, using the photos to boost his credibility.

Following a raid on the Shanxi Association of Thailand in Sai Mai district, police found it was used to lure unsuspecting investors. Mr Yu was charged with illegally setting up an association and disseminating false information to the public. Pol Gen Surachate said Mr Yu would also be charged with violating Section 112, the lese majeste law.

Former massage parlour tycoon Chuvit Kamolvisit earlier lodged a lese majeste complaint against Mr Yu after he found Mr Yu took pictures with members of the royal family and the prime minister and used them to dupe people in the UK and China into making bogus investments.

Mr Chuvit also accused Mr Yu of operating a shady business network similar to Chinese businessman Chaiyanat "Tuhao" Kornchayanant's.

The second case involves a criminal gang known as 14K that runs two illegal associations -- one headed by Bai Jaohuai and the other by Wut sae Liang, said Pol Gen Surachate.

He said a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Mr Bai, who is believed to have fled the country, and Thai and Chinese authorities are working together to locate the suspect.

The deputy police chief said no victim has lodged a complaint with police in both cases.

He added that Chinese authorities have submitted a request seeking to have Mr Yu deported to China to face charges there.

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