Thailand & Pattaya LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (15 December 2022)
Two years ago he was invited to take part as an adviser in a government debate on online gambling, now, a so-called internet superstar faces jail. The 30 year old, along with 20 others was sentenced to 54 yrs in jail for money laundering and promoting illegal online gambling. With the courts told that the operation he headed turned over close to 2 BILLION baht in bets, Khun Siapo, his wife, brother, sister in law and even mother were found guilty of a seriously well organized illegal empire that handled half a MILLION bets. His wife and his brother will only be behind bars for 6 months, but his sister in law faces 14 years.
When people got phone calls that appeared to be from within Thailand, but turned out to be scams, no one could figure out just where the boiler room op was located, that was until willy police discovered multiple internet lines running from Sa kaeo UNDER the border into Cambodia where they hid and plied their illegal trade. 6 locations in the Thai border town of Aranya Prathet were raided, 30 cables cut and 8 arrested including, according to Thai media, government employees. It’s expected that a further operation wil be carried out in Cambodia, at the behest of Thai police, to nab those working there to scam Thais.
Saving money on petrol or diesel by using NGV gas will become a little less appealing this week as the price at the pumps for gas driven vehicles is set to rise. Whilst cooking gas remains at its current low price, subsidized heavy to protect household costs, NGV will rise to 17.59 baht per kilo, with the exception of registered taxi operators who will see that subsided down to 13.62.
Traffic congestion has heightened on Bangkok’s Rama III Road following a large road subsistence UNDER a flyover at the exact point where the power company had previously been burying power lines. With the flyover too closed for safety reasons, the sinkhole was being filled yesterday as engineers blame ‘high tides on the river’, but full checks as to the stability of the road AND the pillars supporting the overpass are due to be carried out.
A massive investigation , covering 8 Isaan provinces, has revealed a mega drug hauling operation on a scale unseen before. 2.5 billion baht was seized during the multiple raids that confirmed that this group had gone to the extent of creating a visible logistics company, complete with a fleet of huge trucks to support their massive turnover of illegal drugs. The operation has been ongoing since mid year when a regular truck checkpoint search resulted in close to 2 million pills being discovered in a single truck. The driver was quick to bubble his bosses, in an attempt to reduce an otherwise elongated jail sentence.
It wasn’t a man in drag. Finally, Chiang mai cops have agreed that the person, spotted cambering over a steel fence, in just a bikini and with long hair, only to fail to break into a business building, previously declared to be a man in drag, was in fact a woman. This as a suspect was taken into custody, checks done and it confirmed that he… is a she. The 32 year old has confessed to the break in and asked for other cases to be taken into consideration.
Meanwhile at home, and Pattaya authorities have asked us to remind you, again, to keep copies of passport and visa stamps either as a copy, original or at least on your phones. The local boys in brown have no desire to take tourists or expats into custody but are now obliged to do so, for those caught in random checks day and night around the city and without proof of valid visa. It’s not brain surgery, and two clicks on your phone can save you, and them, an awful lot of hassle.
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