Pattaya police nabbed a bunch of Chinese overstayers Wednesday, April 11th, at a rented luxury residence in Pattaya. According to the police, the organization operated a loan shark operation in Thailand and provided money to customers in China.
At 6:30 p.m. yesterday, Chonburi Police, Tourist Police, and Thai immigration raided a two-story house in Pattaya’s M Mountain Village, following an investigation that several Chinese nationals were reportedly operating an illegal loan shark business on the property.
Police identified four men and one woman after a house search: Fu Yin-ter (36), Hu Xiaowei (41), Lin Yongpin (29), Ji Liu-ne (29), and Tang Wei (35). According to police, the suspects rented a property in Pattaya to operate an illegal loan business that distributed money to customers in China. According to investigators, the gang profited by demanding an inflated payback rate.
Officers seized 8 laptop computers, 12 mobile phones, more than 50 SIM cards, and a list of many debtors, all of whom were Chinese. When authorities checked the suspects’ visas, they discovered that four of them had overstayed their visas. The sole legitimate suspect would still face charges for working without a permit.
All five people were then detained at the Nongprue Police Station on suspicion of overstaying and working without permits.Police said they will review evidence found at the suspects’ home before charging them further.