Assets being seized from the owner of WealthEver, Pasit “Shogun” Arinchlatis, will be used to repay victims of her website’s fraudulent travel packages to Japan, a senior police officer said on Friday.
Meanwhile, Ms Pasit will spend the next 12 days in the women’s prison after the Criminal Court approved the Crime Suppression Division’s request to detain her pending further investigation into the fraud charges against her.
CSD chief Pol Maj Gen Suthin Subphuang said the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) had frozen 3 million baht held in her bank accounts. More asssets will also be frozen, he said.
The money will be used to refund payments made by disappointed holiday makers for Songkran trips to Japan organised by WealthEver, he said. Amlo had not discovered any asset transactions made by Ms Pasit to a third party, he added.
Police investigators and Amlo officials will meet on Monday to discuss and plan the case.
The 31-year-old woman set up an online company selling food supplements and rewarded members with trips to Japan. About 2,000 people were offered seats for the trips or bought a package tour indirectly through her agents.
The first group of around 1,000 clients found themselves stranded at Suvarnabhumi airport on Tuesday when the company did not provide the charter flights promised to them. Another group trip planned for Wednesday was cancelled.
Ms Pasit and her alleged accomplices fled to Ranong on Tuesday night, where they were apprehended on Wednesday airlifted back to Bangkok that night. In Bangkok, the WealthEver owner was formally arrested and charged with fraud.
Police are still investigating the involvement or not of other people in what they suspect to be an online ponzi scheme.
The WealthEver founder has said the trips were arranged for her members only, and promised a refund if they were not happy.
So far, at least 400 people who paid for the trips have filed complaints with police.
Ms Pasit had been held in CSD cell since being returned to Bangkok.
CSD police on Friday took her to the Criminal Court and obtained approval to detain her for another 12 days. About 20 people were waiting outside the building to greet her. “Give us our money back,” they shouted out.
The court approved the request and she was taken to the Central Women’s Correctional Institution. No application for bail was filed with the court.