Department of Special Investigation Stage a Successful Operation Bringing Down a High-Stakes Online Gambling Network

November 27, 2023 | illegal gambling

PHUKET, Thailand (November 26, 2023) — According to local media reports a significant operation by the Thai Department of Special Investigation (DSI) in Phuket, targeting operators of a high-stakes online gambling network known as UFA, seized two lavish villas, which are said to be worth an estimated 2  billion baht.

The DSI, led by Director General Police Major Suriya Singhakamol, confiscated two opulent villas in the coastal area of Phuket. The seized properties, estimated to be worth a total of 2 billion baht, are believed to be connected to the UFA online gambling network The UFA network reportedly had a daily turnover of 72 billion baht.

The confiscated villas, located in Moo 1 Rawai, were named Thousand Hills Phuket, and the combined area of both properties was approximately 3.75 acres.

The properties are linked to a man identified as Phakphum, also known as Didi, who worked as a revenue manager for the UFA gambling network.

Phakphum was apprehended at Suvarnabhumi Airport and charged with organizing online gambling and violations under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Phakphum was linked to over 80 mule accounts, some held by migrant workers and others in the names of Thai citizens, which were used for gambling websites.

These accounts collectively processed 3% of the income from all 83 gambling sites managed by Phakphum.

The DSI is still pursuing the founder of the UFA network, known as Phuchit, Phuchit’s sister Phonpansa, and 13 other individuals connected to the illegal gambling operation.

Major Suriya warned those holding assets linked to the illegal operation to present themselves to investigating officers or face potential charges of money laundering.

Phakphum initially denied involvement in the illegal gambling network but later admitted to his role when confronted with financial and electronic evidence.

He was charged with organizing online gambling and violations under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

This operation serves as a warning to those involved in illegal gambling operations, emphasizing the potential consequences and the ongoing efforts by authorities to apprehend key individuals associated with such networks.

SOURCES: News Services.

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