Arrest warrants issued in Thailand over medical gloves rip-off following CNN investigation

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In a press convention on Monday, Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau mentioned the arrest warrants have been for people alleged to have dedicated public fraud by scamming $2.6 million out of an American investor, Louis Ziskin.

“[A] Thai court docket has permitted arrest warrants for six people, they’re the topics that are within the curiosity of CNN’s report,” Police Lt. Basic Jirabhop Bhuridej mentioned.

Among the many individuals being sought are Luk Fei Yeung Yeung, a Hong Kong nationwide who ran Paddy the Room Buying and selling Firm. CNN’s investigation discovered the corporate brokered offers with American corporations to offer hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of medical-grade nitrile gloves, however as an alternative despatched lower-quality vinyl or latex gloves hand-packed into bins claiming they have been medical grade. Some have been even dirty and clearly second-hand.

The Thai Central Investigation Bureau instructed CNN on Tuesday that Luk Fei had left the nation. Paddy the Room didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark over a number of months throughout CNN’s investigation.

American businessman Louis Ziskin responded to the information of the arrest warrants, telling CNN: “It is an awesome first step, however and not using a second, third, and fourth step, it means nothing.”

“For this to learn the Thai individuals, the corruption behind this business of fraud should even be uncovered. I’m hopeful that america, Thai, and Taiwanese governments will take this matter significantly on the highest ranges,” he continued.

Ziskin instructed CNN he has been co-operating with Thai police of their investigations.

Thai police additionally introduced that the CEO of SkyMed, an organization that sells medical gloves, Kampee Kampeerayannon, has been launched on bail after his arrest earlier this month.

In response to Thai police, he faces fees of public fraud and distributing false info by pc and has denied all fees in opposition to him.

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Thai Police mentioned they’ve expanded their investigation into SkyMed by raiding the corporate’s manufacturing unit, the place Kampee claimed to have machines able to producing nitrile gloves on a big scale.

Police allege this declare lured traders to switch massive quantities of cash to him. No glove-making machines have been discovered by Thai authorities contained in the manufacturing unit throughout the raid, solely empty bins branded as SkyMed.

Responding to the police findings, Kampee instructed CNN the manufacturing unit didn’t have the 1,000 glove-making machines he had beforehand claimed “as a result of that giant amount of cash [from investors] did not come… However we’ll proceed to hold out our plan by constructing an excellent machine.”

Final 12 months, the Thai FDA raided Paddy the Room’s warehouse and located soiled, dirty gloves packaged into SkyMed bins.

In a current interview with CNN, previous to his arrest, firm CEO Kampee Kampeerayannon denied his firm was a part of any repackaging operation occurring within the warehouse when it was raided. “The proprietor of the warehouse, they simply wished to repack our model and export it,” he mentioned.

Kampeerayannon mentioned if any gloves are exported from Thailand underneath the SkyMed model it’s, “not underneath our permission,” he instructed CNN.