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Japanese businesswoman wanted in a Ponzi scheme in Japan arrested in Bangkok

A 62-year-old Japanese businesswoman was arrested today by immigration police following request from the Japanese police for fraud.

Mrs Setsuko Yamabe was detained at the immigration office 2 of the Immigration Bureau pending extradition to Japan to face charges.

According to Immigration Bureau, Thai police were requested by the Japanese Embassy's police attache to look for the businesswoman after she fled to Bangkok to escape fraud charges.

She was accused in Japan of cheating her clients in a Ponzi scheme amounted to over 700 million yen (about 200 million baht).

Investigation by immigration police revealed that she arrived in Bangkok since January 20 this year on a 60-day visa.

As her visa was going to expire, she returned to the immigration office 2 applying for extension.

Her visa was extended until April 19.

But after the police attache alerted Thai police and sought help to locate her, she was tracked and apprehended today.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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