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Nigerian arrested for alleged public fraud, money laundering

Sep 18. 2019
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By Supachai Phetchthewee
The Nation

A 37-year-old Nigerian national was arrested this week for alleged public fraud via loading false information online as well as allegedly running racketeering and money-laundering scams, Immigration Police Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingdoung told the press on Wednesday (September 18).

Nzemeka Ezims’s arrest, based on a warrant issued in February by the Samut Prakan Court, took place on September 13 at a highway police checkpoint on the Bangkok-Chon Buri motorway’s sixth kilometre marker in the capital’s Prawet district. 

Police accused Ezims of running a money-laundering business by exporting goods to Africa and providing an underground money-exchange service. 

The arrest warrant was issued for the romantic scam the man reportedly involved in from June to September 2018, which led to 13 victims losing a combined Bt2.9 million, said Pol Colonel Sathit Prom-uthai, a deputy commander for investigation with the Immigration Police. 

Since the bank accounts used in the crime were linked and led to the arrest of a Thai woman who withdrew cash to wire to other members of the gang, police were able to zero in on five Nigerians, including Ezims, and five Thais.

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