Over 2,400 wanted for alleged involvement in illegal money lending syndicate

The Department of Special Investigation plans to seek warrants for the arrest of over 2,400 people suspected of involvement in a major illegal money lending syndicate said to have networks throughout the country.

Justice deputy permanent secretary Pol Col Dusadee Arayavuth is scheduled to meet with Justice Minister Suwaphan Tanyuwattana next week to report on the progress of probe into the operations of illegal syndicate associated with Mr Wichai Punngarm who is currently on the run and believed to have fled out of the country.

Dusadee said that more than 2,400 people, excluding government officials, had been implicated in the illegal lending operations and would face arrest.

As for some 150 government officials who were suspected to be involved in the illegal operations or in abetting the illegal activities, he said that both the DSI and the Government

Sector Anti-Corruption Commission had been double-checking their names and positions before a list would be compiled and sent to the police.

Dusadee described Wichai Punngarm’s syndicate as the biggest in the country so far.