5 arrested on loan-sharking charges

Friday, 15 August 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

Police and military officials continued their crackdown on area loan sharks, arresting another five men allegedly running illegal money-lending operations out of two East Pattaya houses.

Army officers from Chonburi’s 14th Military Circle and area police raided the homes in Eakmongkol Village 4 on Soi Khao Talo Aug. 5, arresting Anupat Champuk, 29, Peerapong Inthakong, 21, Hernfa Sansern, 21, Ronnachit Impong, 27 and Badin Poonsawat, 18. Account books, mobile phones, motorbikes and cash were seized.

Police and military officials raided another suspected loan shark house in East Pattaya.Police and military officials raided another suspected loan shark house in East Pattaya.

The arrests came after complaints that a loan shark known only as “Pak” was extorting locals who had taken out 60 percent loans. Those who couldn’t pay were threatened with bodily harm by the alleged enforcers arrested. The hunt continues for Pak.

The raid was the third in as many weeks by police and military personnel under orders from the National Council for Peace and Order to wipe out organized crime in Pattaya.

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