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07 August 2010 :: 14:08:16 pm 34634

Japanese Man Arrested in Fraudulent Life Insurance Claim

A Japanese national has been arrested at his home in Bangkok on Friday. The arrest was made after joint investigations involving Japanese and Thai authorities unveiled his attempts to fake his death and claim on a multi-million baht life insurance policy.
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Bangkok, the 6th of August 2010: The Thai Immigration Bureau on Friday arrested Mr. Ichiro Ogushi [35], a Japanese national, after investigations uncovered an attempted life insurance scam being perpetrated from the Kingdom of Thailand.

Reportedly, Mr. Ogushi had flown to Thailand on the 19th of November 2009 before faking his death due to heart failure. He paid a suspected Thai Mafia member, Mr. Pattapong Sukantee, to procure a fake death certificate and deceased remains and present them to the Japanese Embassy. Later investigations by the embassy uncovered that the death certificate was a fake and that the DNA of the ashes was not the same as Mr. Ogushi’s recorded DNA, leading them to contact Thai authorities.

Thai Immigration Police, acting on information provided by the Japanese Embassy in Bangkok, arrested Mr. Ogushi at his home in Soi Inthamara 45, Din Daeng on Friday. Investigations found that Mr. Ogushi was involved with a Currency Trading Company in Japan but had incurred a substantial amount of debt in his business dealings. Along with his business associates, he was attempting to use the life insurance payout to repay the debt on his business.

The Thai Immigration authorities have since uncovered the intricate scam that Mr. Ogushi had attempted, leading them to the arrest of both Mr. Sukantee and another Japanese national, Mr. Sumika Tomiyasu (a tour guide), who was also involved in the plot to deliver the remains and fraudulent death certificate to the embassy.

Mr. Ogushi will now be charged with overstaying his issued tourist visa, before further investigation into extradition back to Japan will proceed.

In other news, two Malaysian men have been arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Friday. The pair were apprehended after attempting to use several fraudulent credit cards to purchase numerous expensive items in the King Power Duty Free store.

The two men, Mr Wong Choo Weng [55] and Mr. Mok Choy [30], were apprehended in possession of 17 fake credit cards and a variety of illegally purchased merchandise valued at approximately Bt800,000.
Under interrogation, both men confessed to having been hired for Bt40,000 to purchase high priced merchandise in Thailand before transporting it back to Malaysia for resale. They denied any knowledge that the credit cards were fake or stolen.

Investigations into the case are ongoing, while the two offenders have been remanded in police custody.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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