By ANGSUMA SRIDOKKHAM
A TOTAL of 292 people have come forward to file police complaints, saying they suffered losses worth Bt110 million from UFUN Store's alleged pyramid scheme, assistant national police chief Pol Lt-General Suwira Songmeta said yesterday.
He affirmed that police had sufficient evidence of wrongdoing by UFUN, so people did not need to be afraid of filing complaints. He said this case would be given to the public prosecutor to take to court this week.
Police investigators have found that UFUN expanded businesses to four or six other networks, Suwira said. The largest network had 120,000 members and was led by Rathawit Thiti-arounwat, 31, who had been in custody since April 10, he said.
This case so far has seen warrants issued for the arrest of 13 suspects – five of whom were arrested while two others surrendered to police, Suwira said.
Police are looking for six suspects who are believed to have fled the country.
In related news, Bina Puri in Malaysia yesterday issued a clarification about UFUN’s purchase of 100 units at the Bangkok Marina Resort and Spa project in Samut Prakan’s Bang Bo district.
The Malaysian firm said its associate, Bina Puri Holdings (Thailand) Ltd, had a 20-per-cent share in Bangkok Property Co, which was the project developer, while UFUN had expressed an interest to buy 300 units through UTR Holding Co. So these were reserved at a price of US$50,000 (Bt1.63 million) per unit. But UTR did not collect the 300 units, so the order was cut to only 100 units.
“Bina Puri reiterate that we are not linked with ‘U-Tokens’ and never participated in any promotion of ‘U-Tokens’ or any other promotions by UFUN Group or companies related to UFUN.”