Police in Thailand have arrested three men in relation to fraudulent online lotteries after finding illicit activity worth THB15m over the past three months.
As reported in the Bangkok Post, an investigation by the Consumer Protection Police Division undercovered three men operating illicit sales of government lottery tickets via lottery168.com and pheenoilottery.com websites.
As a result, Palapol Khongthan, 37, Pong Sukjit, 38, and Surasak Nusrisai, 62, were all arrested at their homes in late September.
All three men were charged with committing public fraud, inputting false information in a computer system, and organising a lottery without authorisation.
Allegedly, the fraud was conducted by scanning government lottery tickets and selling them online via the aforementioned websites.
However, instead of delivering the tickets to buyers, they sold real tickets to wholesalers in Nonthaburi province before each draw.
The police told the Bangkok Post that the men had allegedly used bank accounts of the deceased to process the funds, believed to be around THB 15m between June and September.