A Finnish businessman Saarimaa who lost Bitcoins worth US$24mln in a fraudulent scheme in Thailand has started talks with some of the key suspects.
Aarni Otavi Saarimaa is trying to crack a settlement deal with Prasit Srisuwan, a high profile stock trader and Charkis Ahmad, a tech investor, who are the prime suspects of the scam. Thai law allows a settlement in fraud cases and if on the settlement both reach to a deal then Saarimaa can withdraw the charges against them.
Saarimaa after meeting stated, “My talks with them [the two suspects] turned out to be very satisfactory, but I cannot give any details now.”
The matter was reported to police this year in January. The case has experienced a lot of twists and turns in the last few weeks. Prinya Jaravijit, alleged as the mastermind of the fraud is said to be hiding in the US. His siblings were arrested and released on bails, which includes his brother, Jiratpisit Jaravijit, a television actor as well as his sister, Supitcha Jaravijit.
At the time of their arrests, the bank accounts of suspects were frozen by Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office. As reported, there were US$3.3 million in Prinya’s account, US$4.2 million in Supitcha’s and Jiratpisit with the lowest amount of US$649,000.
Earlier this week, their parents were investigated by the Thai police about the scam, which discloses that the father, Mr Suwit Jaravijit, and mother, Lertchatkamol, were also benefited by the scam, as Prinya had made wired transactions of around 90 million baht (approximately US$2.75 million), from the fraudulent scheme to their bank accounts.