Udon Police apprehended two men from Cameroon after a Japanese tourist reported being cheated in a 50,000 Baht diamond purchase.
On 3 August Udon Police arrested Jean de Saint Facond Banollbango, age 43, and Ampelly Alex, age 41, both from Cameroon after a Japanese tourist reported he was cheated out of 50,000 on a diamond purchase.
The Japanese man, Mimatsu Reijiro, filed a complaint with police after he was cheated out of 50,000 in the purchase of a diamond(s). When Mr. Reijiro went to pick up his diamond(s) on the designated date, 11 July, the two men were nowhere to be found.
After police were notified, they coordinated with Tourist Police and Immigration officials and issued warrants for the two individuals and eventually arrested them.
Mr. Banollbango was arrested at his girlfriend’s home in amphur Kut Chap.
A police colonel said the circumstances of the alleged scam are still confusing and require further investigation. One of the suspects (Mr. Alex) admitted he was part of a gang dealing in counterfeit dollars. However, Mr. Banollbango said that the money was for a diamond purchase. Police will continue their investigation.
Mr. Banollbango has visited Thailand often and has a history of frequently entering/exiting Malaysia and Indonesia as well.