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Bitcoin scam suspect claims he is victim too

By THE NATION

 

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Prasit Srisuwan

 

Prasit Srisuwan, a major stock investor and suspect in the Bt800-million bitcoin scam, has denied any wrongdoing, and instead claimed to be one of the victims.
 

Parinya Jaravichit, a leading suspect who faces criminal charges in this case, remains a fugitive with police saying he has fled to South Korea.

 

Apart from Parinya and Prasit, other Jaravichit siblings also face charges as their bank accounts show multi-million-baht deposits resulting from the conversion of bitcoins into currency.

 

In Bangkok, Prasit told reporters that he was a scapegoat in this scam, which surfaced when Aarni Saarimaa, the Finnish owner of bitcoins, told police he was cheated by a group of Thais.

 

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Prasit said Parinya had introduced Saarima to him, and they decided to go into a partnership with another person. 

 

“I focus on making deals, as I have good knowledge and expertise in stocks,” he said.

 

According to police, the Finnish bitcoin owner was lured into making bogus investments in Thai stocks and other assets after the cryptocurency worth nearly Bt800 million was transferred to Thai partners.

 

Police also have evidence that implicates Prasit, as Bt66.5 million was transferred into his bank account after the bitcoins were converted.

 

The bank accounts of Parinya and his family members also show several hundreds of millions of baht in deposits reportedly derived from the conversion of bitcoins transferred by the Finnish owner.

 

The suspects also face charges of money laundering, as crytocurrencies are popular among those wanting to turn illicit funds into units of value, as it is difficult to trace their origin.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30352572

 
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1 hour ago, webfact said:

The suspects also face charges of money laundering, as crytocurrencies are popular among those wanting to turn illicit funds into units of value, as it is difficult to trace their origin.

Crazy comment and statement. If it´s difficult to trace the origin of the money, then it must be same difficult to prove money laundering. Hence they can not face any charges of something that lacks evidence.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

“I focus on making deals, as I have good knowledge and expertise in stocks,” he said

Great.  So if so good at stocks, what makes one think or believe he would understand bitcoin and its machinations?  And if he was so good with stocks, and if he had made lots of money, why keep trying to make more and more and risk over extending oneself?  Now he is in exile, facing all sorts of anything can happen decisions by Thai authorities.  Rhetorical questions.  Greed as the answer comes to mind

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This is stupid, he still hasn't talked about why 2 million dollars has turned up into his bank accounts has he, not a victim, just another crook caught in the act. The fact he is more interested in saving his reputation than assisting the investigators (delaying the meetings and using an intermediary) shows he knows he is not clean and his story won't stack up.

But as he is rich and will have many rich friends and associates, I think it is safe to assume that this particular crook won't be seeing any jail and maybe not even any police stations.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

has denied any wrongdoing, and instead claimed to be one of the victims.

 a behavior ingrained in thais by their culture, blame-shifting

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So he's got millions of dollars spread accross all the families accounts while the Swiss moron hasn't seen 1 cent.now he's fled to another country and hiding out.it doesn't  take much to work that one out.they got the bitcoins flogged them off probably a lot cheaper than the market value and have tried to launder the money in the way Thais always do.

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Prasit Srisuwan: Despite my "good knowledge and expertise in stocks", I still am "one of the victims" of the scam.

See, even experts aren't safe from master minds. :tongue:

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