By The Nation
Police from the Economic Crime Suppression Division arrested Noppassorn Meeboontham, 42, in Tambon Bang Nam Jued in Muang district.
She was charged with working for a call centre gang in the Chang An area of Kwangtung during which she convinced Thais to transfer money to the gang between February and April 2010, causing damage worth some Bt861,000. The gang called the victims from China on the pretext of being officials of the central bank and telling the victims they had outstanding credit card debt.
On April 8 2010, Thai police sought help from their Chinese counterparts to arrest 15 Thai and Chinese suspects in Chang An. Seven more suspects were later arrested and Noppassorn was the last suspect to be rounded up, said Pol Lt Col Phuwadet Julkasewee, commander of the Economic Crime Suppression Subdivision 5.
After the arrest, Noppassorn said she was lured to work as a maid in China but later found out that the job involved calling and deceiving fellow Thais.