More than 20 women working in a Pattaya hotel filed a police report saying they were robbed by a woman administering a casual investment pool.
Worarak Suntornchaiya, 44, and other workers from the Sabai Dee Hotels Group filed charges against Kanchanok Kuthisook, 51, July 25 after she disappeared with about 3 million baht of their money.
Worarak said Kanchanok owned a convenience store near her work and had created a savings pool where the women would contribute funds that could be used for emergency loans and then paid back with interest.
She claimed Kanchanok recently had been withdrawing out thousands of baht, saying she needed 600,000 baht to open a new business.
The “share” business was started by Kanchanok herself in July and was supposed to end on Aug. 29. Twenty-four members each contributed at least 10,000 baht at a time, but Kanchanok was not depositing cash anymore, continuing to borrow.
After a meeting where Kanchanok requested more cash with a promise to repay in 15 days, she disappeared. Worarak said she lost 900,000 baht while other members lost 30,000-200,000 baht.
Police currently are looking for Kanchanok.