Pattaya condo broker charged in Ufun pyramid scheme

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A Pattaya condo-sales agent was arrested for allegedly swindling 30 people out of 2.8 million baht in the Ufun pyramid scheme.

Royal Thai Police Assistant Commissioner-General Pol. Lt. Gen. Suwira Songmetta, Pol. Col. Angoon Kaikring, deputy commander for the Consumer Protection Division, and Chachoengsao Superintendent Pol. Col. Naradej Komtooksing arrested Alisa Chothanachai, 31, May 15 at the offices of the Atlantic Condo Resort on Jomtien Second Road.

Suwira said Alisa was 17th on a “blacklist” of second-level network hosts, with nearly 2.7 million baht deposited into her bank account and 2.9 million withdrawn. Her “Korkai” network was a middle-tier group linked to higher people in the pyramid scheme, he said.

Alisa Chothanachai has been arrested for her alleged involvement in the Ufun pyramid scheme.Alisa Chothanachai has been arrested for her alleged involvement in the Ufun pyramid scheme.

She was charged with fraud and violation of the Direct Sales and Marketing Act.

Alisa said in October, she was invited by a Filipino she knew only as Tong to invest in the Ufun multilevel marketing program and later recruited others she knew, about 30 in total.

She said earned an introduction fee of 8 percent of each new member’s investment. She said she was not fearful of being accused in the massive Ponzi scheme because she was only a regular member, not an executive in the Malaysia-based firm.