A Sierra Leonean was arrested for a “black money” scam in Thailand. He pretends to have disguised money in a safe, but needs financial help to avoid paying customs fees. He was arrested after a victim reported transferring 400,000 baht to his bank account. Police reported his account had more than 20 million baht circulating in it.
BANGKOK – August 7, 2012 [PDN]; an arrest was announced of a Sierra Leone man for fraud at the police suppression division center by Pol. Maj. Gen. Supisal Phakdeenaruenat, commissioner of suppression division; Pol. Col. Prasopchoke Prommul, vice commissioner of suppression division; Pol.Col.Piya Charernsuk, director 1 of suppression division; Pol.Lt.Col.Nikom Chaicharern, inspector of squad 1, suppression division.
The suspect was identified as Mr. Diekza David, or Ken Or Somsak David, 34, a Sierra Leonean, who was arrested under the power of Thonburi district court number 336/2555 on August 2,2012. He was charged with embezzling other people.
Mr. Diekza was arrested at the “Baan Mr. Sandwich” restaurant at 374/11, moo 10, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Supisal said the case began when the victim, Ms. Suwimol, 41, came to notify to the police investigation team that she was deceived by a man and she had transferred more than 400,000 baht to his bank account. She told police they had known each other for a long time through a web site called Hi-Five, and she had come to trust him.
The suspect claimed that he wanted to buy a house in Thailand, but he could not do it by himself because he was not Thai citizen. He said he would send her a gift, but could not bring it through the airport , because there would be 20,000 baht fine.
He asked Ms. Suwimol to help him pay the fine. She was not suspicious of his request, so she transferred money to him. But she never received the gift.
According to the police, Mr. Diekza then lied again, telling her that he had dollar bills in his safe. If he wanted to bring the money out to use, he had to pay a fine again. Ms. Suwimol still believed him and transferred money to him many more times. However, she later realized she had been deceived, so she came to the police.
The police tracked an ATM and a bank account used in the swindle at Siam Commercial Bank, number 361-251-3455. The account belonged to Mr. Jaroon Maison, 32.
When questioned by police, Mr. Jaroon said that all he knew was that his information had been used by his ex-girlfriend, Miss Nartlada Kamaiaj, 33, to open a bank account.
When police investigated deeper, Miss Nartlada turned out to be the little sister of Ms. Benjamas Kamaiaj, the former wife of the suspect Mr. Diekza.
She was the one who brought the ATM account for Mr. Diekza to have the victim transfer money to him.
Police said there was more than 20 million baht circulating in the account.
After concluding the investigation, the police rushed to gather witnesses and evidence and asked the court to fire the warrant.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Supisal said, “From examining his behavior, the convict would deceive women from a match-making web site, Yahoo messenger chat program, or some other social networks like Facebook or Hi-Five, and lied that he was a white person from the US, Italy and many white Western countries.”
The officer continued, “And he would lie that he would send them a gift, and ask for help about a fine that he would get charged at the airport, so the victim would be convinced and transferred money to him.”
Police Maj. Gen. Supisal said the police suspect that seven victims had fallen for Mr. Diekza’s scams.
Further investigation by police revealed that Mr. Diekza had been in Thailand five years. He had started his current scams in March, and has been assisted by another foreigner.
Police suppression division records also revealed that Mr. Diekza had had been involved in a suspect call center gang before, but at the time there were not enough witnesses and evidence. So he was just charged with entering Thailand illegally.
The police sent Mr. Diekza to the investigation team of Takham police station before investigating further to arrest the rest of his conspirators.