Pakistani family arrested for scamming tourist’s dollars

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A Pakistani family of alleged grifters was arrested, accused of tricking an Indonesian tourist out of his cash.

Tourism Division officers raided a room at the P.K. Resort on Jomtien Beach Soi 12 Feb. 17, apprehending Adil Hueeani, 38, his wife Surayya, 41, and three teen children. Officers took from them four mobile phones, a notebook computer and some U.S. currency.

Tourism Police Division commander Pol. Maj. Piyapong Ansan accused the family of duping Willy Liw, 26, by pretending to befriend him before robbing him.

Adil Hueeani, his wife Surayya and one of their children are shown during the press briefing announcing their arrest.Adil Hueeani, his wife Surayya and one of their children are shown during the press briefing announcing their arrest.

According to Liew, Adil Hueeani struck up a conversation with him, showing interest in Indonesia and saying his wife wanted to take the family there. He then asked to see what Indonesia rupiah looked like.

Liw took out the cash and chatted with other family members. As he did, the Pakistani patriarch allegedly pulled U.S. dollars out of his bag.

Liw only noticed the theft after they’d gone.

Piyapong said there have been complaints about a Pakistani family employing the same tactics to prey on foreign tourists in Phuket. Police planned to check with Phuket authorities to determine if the cases were related.