Amlo empties Ufun safes

Amlo empties Ufun safes

Assistant police chief Suwira Songmeta (left) and Amlo secretary-general Seehanart Prayoonrat oversaw the opening of a safe packed with cash, seized from ponzi scheme suspect Rattawit Titiarunwat. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)
Assistant police chief Suwira Songmeta (left) and Amlo secretary-general Seehanart Prayoonrat oversaw the opening of a safe packed with cash, seized from ponzi scheme suspect Rattawit Titiarunwat. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) has now seized about 226 million baht in cash and assets from two Ufun Store executives after making further confiscations Wednesday.

The pair are accused of running a transnational online ponzi scheme.

A total of 26.2 million baht in cash and 80-baht weight in gold worth around 1.4 million baht were confiscated from a safe owned by one of the key suspects, Rattawit Titiarunwat, 31. The safe was removed from his condominium, in Bangkok's Soi Charoen Nakhon 13.

Amlo chief Pol Col Sihanart Prayoonrat said that when combined with others assets previously confiscated, including houses and cars, the agency has now seized a total of 183 million baht from Mr Rattawit. Amlo officials also seized the contents of a safe belonging to Apichanat Sankla, 40.

It contained expensive brand-name watches, gold and diamond jewellery, as well as title deeds and banknotes. Pol Col Sihanart said two expensive cars and a house were seized earlier, taking the total value of assets confiscated from Mr Apichanat to about 43 million baht. 

The pair are required to show Amlo how they acquired their assets within 90 days. Any illegally acquired property will be auctioned and the sum raised distributed among the damaged parties, Pol Col Sihanart said. 

Pol Lt Gen Suwira Songmetta, assistant national police chief, said about 120,000 people were affected by the Ufun Store scam, with damage estimated at 38 billion baht. 

Anyone caught helping the suspects hide assets could be arrested for conspiracy to launder money, he said.



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