Police bust online gambling/loan shark site, arrest Chinese and Thai ‘masterminds’
Immigration police raided an illegal online gambling operation at Bangkok’s Royal City Avenue on Friday, arresting 13 people including its Chinese and Thai masterminds.
Records show that the three suspects – Chinese nationals Chu and Zhiping (last names withheld), aged 49 and 31 respectively, and Thai man “Jala”, 32 – established the ibetter.app website as directors in 2018, said Immigration deputy chief Natthaphol Sawaengkit.
Natthaphol said the Immigration police found the three suspects and 10 employees using computers to run customised programs and chat with customers online. Four of the 10 employees are foreigners without work permits.
Further investigation revealed the company also operates mobile applications called Pigloan and Bestloan, which offer personal loans at interest of 40 per cent per week or 2,080 per cent annually – significantly higher than the rate allowed by the law.
Police also found over 700 hundred bottles of smuggled wine and spirits hidden on the second floor of the building. They seized the products, worth about 1 million baht.
The three company directors were charged with organising online gambling, providing loan services without a licence, possessing smuggled goods and hiring foreign nationals without worker permits, while the four foreign employees were charged with working without permits.