The Thai Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) recently conducted a press conference wherein the UFAV8, a well-known online gambling hotspot, was revealed. The results of a thorough investigation targeted at taking down illegal internet gaming platforms were revealed with this revelation.
Once hidden in plain sight, UFAV8 has revealed itself to be a well developed network that has been operational for more than three years. This complex betting platform offered a wide range of games, including soccer bets and slot machine games.
In their purge, the authorities didn’t spare any detail, and their efforts paid off. The operation on UFAV8 yielded the confiscation of assets valued at a staggering 150 million baht, or more than $4.2 million. In addition, the man suspected of being the brains behind this notorious gambling network was identified as 41-year-old Pramet, who was captured in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit district.
A Glimpse of the Larger Picture
Authorities suggested a possible connection to a casino in a nearby nation after closely examining the seized property, which raised concerns about the operation’s wider parameters.
Officers The assistant commissioner-general of the Royal Thai Police, Lieutenant General Thana Chuwongthe, took use of the occasion to reiterate the Thai government’s steadfast determination to eradicate internet gambling websites. He emphasized the leadership of the Royal Thai Police Commissioner General, Police General Torsak Sukvimol.
The CCIB’s inquiry yielded data showing that this illegal enterprise had over 10,000 customers and purportedly brought in 600 million baht a year, or about $16,890,222, based on government estimates.
The purported mastermind of UFAV8, it was shockingly revealed, had connections to Outlaws Thailand, a branch of International Outlaws, a transnational criminal group infamous for its involvement in drug trafficking, human trafficking, and other illicit gambling activities.
The CCIB commissioner, Police Lieutenant General Worawat Watthanakornbancha, made a significant announcement: arrest warrants have been issued for ten additional UFAV8 collaborators who are believed to be in Poi Pet, Cambodia.
There is a broad push to restrict internet gambling networks. In Nakhon Ratchasima, a 45-year-old suspect was taken into custody on an active arrest order issued by the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court. His supposed involvement with an online gambling gang, impersonation, and using computer systems to spread false information with the intention of misleading the public are the main accusations leveled against him.
Following the announcement last year that Thai police had broken an underground network perhaps connected to the operation of 500 illicit gambling websites, there has been a fresh crackdown. Furthermore, the Thai Ministry of Digital Economy and Society said in September of the same year that over 2,800 online gambling platforms had been successfully shut down in the previous year. This news demonstrated the government’s resolve to protect its citizens from unregulated websites and enterprises.
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