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Actor’s parents meet police over fraud charges

Nov 01. 2018
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By The Nation

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Actor Jiratpisit “Boom” Jaravijit's parents Wisit and Lertchatkamon Jaravijit met Crime Suppression Division (CSD) investigators on Thursday to acknowledge a charge of colluding in money-laundering.

They maintain they had nothing to do with an alleged Bt800-million bitcoin investment scam.

The parents were summoned and charged because police initially found that the couple reportedly had received Bt90 million from their eldest son and the case's key suspect, Parinya Jaravijit. Parinya was arrested in early October at Suvarnabhumi Airport upon returning from the US. 

Following their two-hour meeting with police, Jiratpisit told reporters that his parents denied the charges and insisted they were innocent, claiming that the money they received from Parinya was from a family business. 

The parents also told police they did not know the alleged victim, Finnish national Aarni Saarimaa, who had transferred the cryptocurrency for bogus investments in Thai stocks and other assets, the actor said. 

Jiratpisit said the couple submitted documents detailing transactions to the police and would later submit more documents about income and expenses. 

He said the family was ready to fight the allegations in court.

Police filed a charge of colluding in fraud against Parinya, Jiratpisit, his brother Thanasit and sister Supitcha and forwarded the fraud case against the four to public prosecutors.

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