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13 April


Japanese criminals stole more than $2 million

They were arrested in Thailand

Photo: Kyodo

/NOVOSTIVL/ A group of 15 suspected Japanese scammers arrested last week in Thailand garnered more than 225 million yen ($2 million) in illegal proceeds in February and March alone, Thai police and other sources said Tuesday. This article appeared in the Kyodo News.

Records seized in a March 30 police raid on a rented upscale house in the seaside resort town of Pattaya show that the suspects scammed victims in Japan of some 136.86 million yen between Feb. 1 and 24, and another 89 million yen during March.

The records show the highest amount of "sales" in any one day in February was 14.04 million yen and the lowest was 2.74 million yen.

After being arrested, the 15 suspects, all men aged between 22 and 54, were transferred to an Immigration Bureau holding center in Bangkok. They were interrogated earlier Tuesday.

At the press conference, they were all were dressed in orange T-shirts and kept silent, wearing masks and facing away from the press to avoid the cameras.