3 men arrested for fraudulent sale of lottery online

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Major General Poj Anant Nanasombat, Commander of the Consumer Protection Police Division, second from left, holds a press conference on the arrest of three suspects allegedly involved in fraudulent online lottery sales, in the Laksi District Division, Bangkok, Tuesday. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

Police arrested three men aged 37 to 62 for alleged fraudulent online lottery sales and found their illicit business was worth 15 million baht in the past three months.

According to the Consumer Protection Police Division, Palapol Khongthan, 37, Pong Sukjit, 38, and Surasak Nusrisai, 62, were arrested at their home on September 29 for exploiting illicit sales of lottery tickets. government via the lottery168.com and pheenoilottery.com websites.

They reportedly scanned government lottery tickets and put the images up for sale online. They did not deliver the ordered lottery tickets to buyers and secretly sold real tickets to wholesalers in Nonthaburi province before each draw.

The police division said the suspects were also using the bank accounts of the deceased for transactions. The illicit trade began in June and around 15 million baht flowed into bank accounts used by the gang.

Police seized from the three suspects ten sets of computers and scanners, some 20 bank books and a dozen cell phones used for online transactions.

The suspects were charged with committing public fraud, entering false information into a computer system and organizing a lottery without authorization.

Mr. Palapol is from Ayutthaya province. He was arrested in Chom Thong district, Bangkok. Mr. Pong was arrested in Bangkok Noi District and Mr. Surasak was arrested at his home in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi.

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