Thailand's national police have detained 34 members of a cyber fraud ring in yet another raid on illegal gambling. During the raid, the police confiscated roughly THB2 billion ($66.5 million).
The operation, codenamed "Shadow App", was carried out in Bangkok and six provinces (Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Chiang Mai, Chaiyaphum and Rayong).
It included a an investigation of the Royal Slot 777 Casino game, which is available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The app was reportedly operating for about a year, with several thousand users, and was used for illegal online gambling.
“The suspects opened 133 bank accounts to move the money received from the app, which provided a range of online gambling games,”
- said Pol General Suwat Jangyodsuk of the National Police.
“Officers have seized many items from the suspects' bases of operations as evidence. There are eight cars, 45 bank passbooks, cash, and 54 cell phones among them.”
The crime ring had set up ten companies as fronts for its online gambling activity, according to the police. Suwat said -
"The Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau will cooperate with the Anti-Money Laundering Office to investigate the companies for potential participation in a foreign money-laundering operation."