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Big Joke gives red card to Cameroonian defender – nabbed for scamming!

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Immigration chief Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn and a large team of investigative officers announced the arrest of a Cameroonian footballer who has played for three football clubs in Thailand. 

But it was just a front. In his spare time Etoundie Pie Claude, 32, was taking part in email scams ripping people off to the tune of millions of baht. 

Several Thai accomplices including his Thai wife Aicha Jarataku, 38, are now also in custody. Two more are being sought after warrants were issued. 

Also arrested was Saengdao Atliang, 26. Bankbooks, ATM cards and a car were taken into evidence.

Big Joke gives red card to Cameroonian defender - nabbed for scamming! | News by Samui Times

Laksana Moontha, 33, and Surirat Kanket are still on the run. 

The police team told the press that the arrests stemmed from a latest case in which the gang posed as representing a foreign college. They contacted a parent of a child at the college via email who was conned into parting with 600,000 baht for school fees.

The money went into the account of one of the conspirators in Chiang Mai and it was then taken out of the account by the others. 

An email scammer who was not named appears to be another one involved as six members of the gang were mentioned.

Surachate – known by his alias of “Big Joke” for his crime busting exploits – said that the Cameroonian man and the others had been involved in frauds of over 10 million baht with at least ten victims.

Etoundie had been in Thailand 13 years and was married to Aicha. He originally taught football coaching to children in Pathum Thani and Sakon Nakhon. 

Later he was contracted to play for Chiang Rai City in 2017, Sisaket United in 2018 and is currently on the books at the semi professional club of Sakon Nakhon FC. He is a defender.

The black man’s role, he said, was in working with his wife to convince young people learning in his soccer camps to open bank accounts with ATM cards that they would subsequently use in their crimes. 

He said two more Thai female suspects are being sought after arrest warrants were issued in Chiang Mai. 

Thai Visa / Spring News

Big Joke gives red card to Cameroonian defender - nabbed for scamming! | News by Samui Times
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