Thailand police detain actor in $24 million Bitcoin scam case 20768
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Ashmita Dutta
Aug 10, 2018 at 12:57 PM

Thailand cops have arrested a young 27 year old actor, Jiratpisit "Boom" Jaravijit for an alleged involvement in $24 million Bitcoin scam. In a 9th August report of Bangkok Post, it is informed that the Thai actor is detained for luring a foreigner to make almost $24 million investment in Bitcoin.

Out of seven suspects in this major scam, Jiratpisit is also accompanied by his elder siblings, including his sister and brother. His detention is based on the grounds of money laundering activities. At the time of detention, the actor was shooting for a film at Major Cineplex Ratchayothin complex. However, the arrest warrant of Jiratpisit has been issued on 26th July, 2018 by the Criminal Court for money laundering charges.

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Previously, a Finnish man named Aarni Otava Saarimaa has lodged a complaint to the Thai police. He complained that he was tempted by the actor for money transfer in Bitcoin under the impression of purchasing shares in companies involved in a digital currency, named,  Dragon Coin investment.

Also the criminals, apparently, made a promise to buy shares in these particular companies.  The foreigner fell prey into the trap and invested 797 million baht in the cryptocurrency. The Bangkok Post has unveiled that the investors failed to receive dividends which they were supposed to get for making investment. They were also not invited to any gatherings of the shareholders. According to Crime Suppression Division, criminals have withdrawn Bitcoin from e-wallets and then conducted conversion to baht.

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When inquired, the suspects kept on dodging the questions regarding what exactly was going on. However, the victim came in contact with the group of suspects last year in June. Currently, the Thai actor is interrogated by the police, however, he has yet not confessed his active involvement in this crypto scam.

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