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Suspected Japanese call centre gang leader arrested in Bangkok

Aug 24. 2019
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By The Nation

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Police on Saturday arrested a Japanese man whose story was widely shared early this year when he got his cash back from a taxi driver, on charges of leading a Japanese call centre gang.

Chon Buri Immigration police chief Pol Col Samphan Luangsatjakul led officers from his bureau to join police from the Bang Rak station in arresting Jinnai Yamato, 30, at his room at the Surawong City Resort in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district.

Samphn said the Chon Buri immigration police earlier arrested 15 Japanese men at a rented house in Tambon Nongprue in Bang Lamung district and charged them with operating a call centre to deceive their compatriots..

Samphan said after the 15 suspects were extradited to Japan, the Japanese authorities sought help from his office to arrest Yamato who was believed to be the leader of the gang.

Police were able to quickly locate Yamato because early this year, he dropped a wallet inside a taxi with Bt153,000 in Japanese and Thai bank notes. The taxi driver, who found the wallet, sought help from a police traffic radio station help locate the Japanese man. His story was widely shared after he got his wallet back.

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