Notorious Thai gambling “businessman” sentenced to 20 years in prison

Bangkok –

  Mr. Po Arnon, 30, well known as ‘Sia Po’ was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday (December 14th) for promoting online gambling and money laundering.

Our previous story:

The arrest took place at one of Sia Po’s places on Phetkasem Road in the Phasicharoen district of Bangkok last year.

Now for the update:

The Criminal Court read the judgment yesterday morning and stated that Sia Po and 20 others in his business were violating the Money Laundering Act and the Gambling Act.

There was in total 1,760,970,545 million baht (1.7 billion baht) made from financial transactions from online gambling with 841,678,523 million baht in money laundering.

The court sentenced Sia Po, who was the main operator, to 54 years. However, Sia Po was finally sentenced to 20 years in prison as Thailand’s imprisonment sentences are set at a maximum of 20 years.

Eighteen others were sentenced to various imprisonments. Most of them were sentenced to one year and four months in prison. Two of them escaped during the trial in which one of them was sentenced to three months imprisonment and another one was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.


The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media. 

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