Nigerian arrested connected to International Money-Laundering:
Police Lieutenant General Sompong Chingduang from the Immigration Police reported the arrest of Nzemeka 37 years old from Nigeria under the power of an arrest warrant issued by the Samut Prakan Court in Samut Prakan Province.
His charges include fraud using fake information online and money-laundering. Nzemeka works with Nigerians and connected Thai citizens to move the money through an international money-laundering scheme. Nzemeka opened a company covered up as an exportation service that exchanged foreign currencies both in cash and through an underground banking system.
In 2018, a group of criminals created multiple Romance Scams causing a great amount in damages towards the victims. The investigation police found a similar connection between the cases. There are 13 victims in many provinces that transferred over 2.9 Million THB to the Romance Scam Gang. The victims transferred money into the same account used by multiple Romance Scammers,
Kanokkan a Thai woman was previously arrested in connection with the group. She would withdraw the money then deposit it into other accounts belonging to other members in the gang.
The Police established that there are 10 suspects involved residing here in Thailand, 5 from Nigeria and 5 Thai citizens. All are committing acts considered as money-laundering.
Nzemeka was arrested in August at a checkpoint on the Bangkok – Chonburi Motorway, Bangkok. The suspect has committed money laundering by opening up an export company in Thailand. The company specifically exports to African Countries and also exchanges money into foreign currencies. Customers will then carry the cash with them when they leave Thailand. Another method is sending money to other countries through an underground banking system also known as “Hawala”.
The police are working on other suspects connected to the Romance Scam Gang and also others who are involved in the international money-laundering scheme whether they are a foreigner or a local Thai.