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Ladyboy “medium” arrested in 60 million baht merit making swindle

Police in Kanchanaburi announced the arrest of a 34 year old ladyboy who they say is a master swindler conning people out of millions on the Line application.

Arthittaya Saenyathmkhot said he was running a legitimate organization and denies everything. He said he would fight the charges in court as the money in his account was achieved legally Daily News reported.

The ladyboy – who daily News described as beautiful – was arrested by Crime Suppression Division cops on a warrant for fraud on Monday at a location used as a merit making center in Muang district of Kanchanaburi.

They were acting on a complaint from a Thai woman living in the United States who said she had been swindled out of 49 million baht.

She said she had met the alleged swindler through a friend. She became involved in learning about Buddhist doctrines and this led to making donations to various deities. This was done through the Line application.

She was not the only victim. There was another who claimed losses of 18 million baht and a third who was allegedly swindled out of 800,000 baht.

It is alleged that Arthittaya was preying on elderly people near the end of their lives who wanted to make merit. The main victim said that the accused was able to assume all sorts of voices such as male, female and children in the pursuance of the con.

In this sense she was believed to be acting as a charlatan “medium”, it has been alleged.

Daily News said that the total con was worth 60 million baht.

Thai VisaDaily News

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