Four Arrested in Pattaya Raid on Illegal Online Gambling Den Worth 360 Million Baht

08 Mar

The Royal Thai Police have busted a 360 million baht gambling ring in the city of Pattaya. Police swooped down on a luxury condominium in the Banglamung district of Chonburi, targeting the operators of the website “Paris99th,” an illegal online gambling platform.

Thai Authorities Continue Gambling Crackdown

Police told the media that the operation had more than 200,000 registered customers and had financial transactions totalling over 360 million baht.

The Police Cyber Taskforce, who carried out the raid, arrested four suspects caught in the act of operating IT equipment associated with the Paris99th website, one man, and three women. The authorities also impounded a large amount of equipment, including two laptops, four screens, three smartphones, and other appliances worth a total of 100,000 baht for examination.

The suspects are now facing charges of collusion to encourage others to play or gamble on unlicensed electronic media and promoting gambling activities without proper authorisation.

This is not the first time that Pattaya has been the scene of a major crackdown on illegal online gambling. In June 2022, cyber police also arrested eleven suspects in connection with an illegal online gambling ring that had pulled in over 100 million baht in revenue. The suspects in that case had used Facebook and YouTube advertisements to attract customers, soon coming to the attention of the police.

This latest raid is yet another example of the Thai authorities’ efforts to crack down on illegal online gambling activities in the country. The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has reported that more than 1,500 people were arrested in 2022 for online fraud and gambling. The Cybercrime Control Committee announced the statistics at its first meeting of the year.

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