Six offenders have been jailed for a Twenty million baht Covid-19 test fraud, according to Thailand’s Consumer Protection Police Division. According to Police Major General Anant Nanasombat, the defendants allegedly offered to sell ATK tests on 4 Facebook sites, charging roughly 10,000 people 900 baht per box when test kits were in limited supply. Customers were unable to contact the sellers when the test kits did not arrive.
According to Anant, the scheme’s masterminds will be apprehended. Six people have been arrested thus far, ranging in age from 19 to 48. They were under arrest in the provinces of Chiang Rai, Yasothon, Udon Thani, Chiang Mai, and Songkhla. According to Police Colonel Neti Wongkularb, the division’s supervisor, around 20 million baht had been transferred through the suspects’ bank accounts. Five men and one woman are among the suspects.
This isn’t the first time Thai thieves have taken advantage of illness. A Bangkok nurse was arrested last month on suspicion of cheating the public in a multimillion-baht flu vaccine scam.
The nurse established a strategy for distributing flu vaccines to companies, manufacturers, and government institutions. She allegedly claimed to have secured an arrangement with Abbot Laboratories in Bangkok, promising to pay investors 25 baht for each immunisation shot. Investors were first paid a portion of their profits, but the payments eventually stopped, exposing the fraud.
Authorities initiated an investigation after receiving complaints from a number of people who had lost more than five million baht. They discovered that Abbott Laboratories did not have a contract in place.