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Chinese ‘zero-baht’ tour mogul’s wife arrested as OA Transport hunt moves to B7.7bn tax evasion

BANGKOK: An executive of a business under the OA Transport group of companies accused of profiting from “zero dollar” tours has been arrested at a house in Taling Chan district of Bangkok for alleged tax evasion worth at least B7.7 billion.

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Bangkok Post

Sunday 18 March 2018, 10:02AM


Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn holds a briefing about the latest police operation against executives of firms linked to OA Transport Co and alleged ‘zero-dollar’ tours. Photo: @1155TPB Tourist Police Bureau Facebook page via Bangkok Post
Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn holds a briefing about the latest police operation against executives of firms linked to OA Transport Co and alleged ‘zero-dollar’ tours. Photo: @1155TPB Tourist Police Bureau Facebook page via Bangkok Post

The raid on Saturday (Mar 17) was the latest chapter in a saga that dates back to late 2016, when 13 people were charged with operating an illegal tour business. The court dismissed those charges last August for lack of evidence. Assets seized from some of the defendants were later ordered returned.

Nisa Rojrungrangsi, 62, the wife of Thongchai Rojrungrangsi, 61, and chairwoman of another business under the family-owned OA Transport Group, was apprehended on charges of tax evasion, said Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, the Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief, who led the raid.

A combined team of police commandos, tourist police and other units, armed with search and arrest warrants, on Saturday searched the house at the Panuland housing estate in Bang Ramat area. Owner Thongchai was not home at the time. However, his wife Nisa was.

Authorities for years have been pursuing OA Transport, which operates hundreds of tour buses and has links to numerous other businesses that cater to tourists. They claim the companies have made a fortune from “zero dollar” tours in which foreigners, mainly Chinese, are lured into buying cheap tour packages in Thailand but forced to buy unusually expensive souvenirs and services during their stay.

The Revenue Department asserts that OA and its affiliated businesses earned some B30bn from sales of goods and services between 2011 and 2016, but submitted false tax records that robbed the state of B7.7bn. This prompted the department to file a complaint with the Economic Crime Suppression Division police.

The Criminal Court on Friday approved arrest warrants for Thongchai, Nisa and their daughter Saithip Rojrungrangsi, 36, for colluding in tax evasion.

Gen Surachate said police would continue to search for Mr Thongchai and Ms Saithip.

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Prosecutors first brought a case against four members of the Rojrungrangsi family in October 2016, following raids on companies believed to be involved in what was claimed to be the country’s biggest zero-dollar tour network.

They were among 13 people linked to OA and five other companies who were ultimately charged with a variety of offences including operating illegal tour businesses and money laundering. But the Criminal Court threw out the case in August last year, saying evidence presented by the prosecution was weak.

The Civil Court last month threw out a petition seeking to seize assets worth almost B4bn from the defendants. It said the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) had failed to produce evidence proving the assets and their owners were connected with illegal criminal activities and money laundering.

The court also ordered the return of assets that had been frozen by Amlo, including 76 bank accounts worth B3.65bn.

 

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DeKaaskopp | 19 March 2018 - 11:08:48

"For listening to radio{music} you need a entertainment license".Really? Does it mean i violate the law if i listen to the radio in my car?OMG! Hopefully the police won't charge me.Please genius could you enlighten me where i can get this license?

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Kurt | 18 March 2018 - 18:12:26

Court rulings show already that things are not exactly as RTP likes us to believe
For RTP is it just a money share business 
It goes in hard!
Who believes that all these busses were operating illegal?
You need already a license for selling noodles at a corner of the street 
For listening to radio ( music)you need a entertainment license 
If not, under the table a RTP 'fine' of 20,000

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Foot | 18 March 2018 - 14:57:57

Off the subject a little.  Here's a question.
The Chinese are usually called "zero dollar" tourists.  Why?  Do they stay in hotels or eat for free?  Does 7-11 give them everything for free? 
Why does Phuket welcome cruise ships with thousands of tourists?    While in Phuket, they don't pay for accommodations or most meals, since they stay and eat on the ship.


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