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The hunt for Asia’s El Chapo

He is Asia’s most-wanted man. He is protected by a guard of Thai kickboxers. He flies by private jet. And, police say, he once lost $66 million in a single night at a Macau casino. Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian national born in China, is suspected… Read More

Cambodia and Laos casinos targeted for drug-trade money laundering

Anti-narcotic investigators are searching for signs of money laundering in the casinos that have spread across Sihanoukville, a Cambodian coastal city that has become a magnet for Chinese high-rollers, amid the booming methamphetamine market in Southeast Asia. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates the region’s meth market… Read More

Thailand’s ‘jet-set’ monk sentenced to 114 years in prison

A former Thai Buddhist monk who provoked outrage with his lavish lifestyle was sentenced on Thursday to 114 years in prison after a court found him guilty of fraud, money laundering and computer crimes. Wirapol Sukphol, who was seen in a YouTube video in 2013 holding wads of cash on… Read More
13th November 2017
By David Conn, Phakarat Ryn Jirenuwat, GUARDIAN The company which owns Leicester City and funded the club’s rise to become 2016 Premier League champions is to face multimillion-pound corruption charges in Thailand. A judge at Thailand’s central court for corruption and misconduct cases ruled at a hearing on Monday… Read More
18th October 2017
18 October 2017 Reporting by Aukkarapon Niyomyat, Suphanida Thakral, and Panu Wongcha-um, REUTERS The only son of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been formally charged with money-laundering, the Department of Special Investigations told Reuters on Wednesday. Panthongtae Shinawatra is accused of receiving a 10 million baht… Read More
10th October 2017
10 October 2017 The Nation A call-centre-scam gang has duplicated the Line account of Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) deputy chief Pol Major-General Romsit Weeriyasan to dupe a victim into wiring almost Bt1 million for “inspection”, Romsit revealed on Monday. Romsit, now acting AMLO chief, urged people to remain calm, not… Read More
27th July 2017
Thailand’s anti-money-laundering efforts have paid off and the country is confident it will no longer be included in any blacklist. A review by the Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) shows Thailand’s measures against money laundering are now on a par with Singapore. “Definitely, we will not be blacklisted again,”… Read More
29th June 2017
A Pakistani man has been sentenced to four years in prison for laundering nearly $20 million as part of an international computer and telephone hacking scheme. Muhammad Sohail Qasmani, formerly of Bangkok, Thailand, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Read More
24th May 2017
One in five banks in the Asia Pacific expects tax evasion in 2017 to increase 100 to 500 per cent over last year’s levels according to a recent poll by data analytics firm Fico. A further one in five senior fraud managers surveyed said they expect the increase to be… Read More
19th May 2017
As part of an investigation into alleged tax evasion, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) seized 60 supercars from a major car importer on Thursday. Some 40 Lamboghinis and 20 supercars of various brands were seized from Niche Cars Group’s four-storey showroom in Suan Luang district on suspicion of tax… Read More
18th May 2017
The Department of Special Investigation will charge property baron Anant Asavabhokin with money laundering over a highly profitable land sale involving a subsidiary of the embezzled Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC). The chief executive of the Land and Houses group is accused over the purchase of 46 rai of land in… Read More
13th April 2017
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) charged the head of a commercial aircraft company with conspiring to bribe military officials in Thailand. The alleged conspiracy is connected to a deal involving aircraft from the Thailand national airline. Larry Kushniruk, president of Canadian General Aircraft was charged in November under the… Read More
14th March 2017
From South Korea’s presidential scandal to Malaysia’s 1MDB fund, not many Asian countries have been able to avoid the smear of corruption. But just how pervasive is the problem across the continent? An 18-month long survey by Transparency International reveals there is much work to be done. After talking to… Read More