By The Nation
A police team led by Metropolitan Police Division 2 superintendent Pol Colonel Chusak Sriwongchai apprehended the businessman, 44, in front of Gold Father 1978 Co's office building in Soi Nuan Chan 16 in Bung Kum district at 6.40pm on Saturday following an arrest warrant issued by Khon Kaen Provincial Court on August 15.
Chanut acknowledged he was the person mentioned in the arrest warrant, but said he had never been arrested for this crime before. He was notified by police of the charges and brought for initial interrogation to the Metropolitan Police Division 2 office before being sent to Muang Khon Kaen police later.
The arrest stemmed from complaints by many victims in various provinces who finally filed a petition with the National Police chief at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok on August 8, claiming they had been duped by a private company established by Chanut to engage in gold trading. The damage is estimated at Bt100 million but their initial complaints to police did not make much progress, the victims said.