Six foreign fugitives nabbed in Thailand

Six foreign fugitives nabbed in Thailand
The six fugitives were arrested for crimes including fraud and extortion.
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Six foreign fugitives have been arrested for a variety of different crimes, said Pol Maj-General Thamrong Saengwattanakul, commander of Immigration Police Division 3 yesterday.

The six were named as Russian woman Natallia Makian; Russian man Dmitrii Rodionov, 38; Taiwanese man Chen Hung Hsun, 34; Taiwanese woman Hsiao Min Chu, 48; German man Mario Wilhelm Schaefer; and Wen Liping, 32, a Chinese national.

Makian was arrested on Sunday in Chon Buri's Bang Lamung district. Makian and three accomplices - two of whom are already in custody, namely British national Thor Fenripallson Hallan and Russian national Denis Zabodaev - allegedly extorted money and valuables worth Bt100,000 (S$3,990) from a French businessman in May, Thamrong said. The businessman reportedly lost another Bt200,000 in damages and lost revenue when the business was forced to close.

Interpol wanted Rodionov for alleged fraud and causing damages worth Bt25 million. He was arrested in Phuket's Muang district.

Chen Hung Hsun, who was wanted in Taiwan for the alleged possession of Ketamine - a dissociative anaesthetic drug - was arrested in Bangkok's Huai Kwang district.

Hsiao Min Chu was nabbed in Ubon Ratchathani's Trakan Phutphon district. She was wanted for an alleged Bt62-million embezzlement case in Taiwan.

Schaefer was wanted for allegedly breaking into a Munich home, using a fake gun to detain the homeowner's son and extorting 2.5 million euros (S$3.75 million), though the hostage later escaped. Schaefer was arrested in Phrae's Den Chai district. Lastly, Wen Liping - wanted for allegedly duping 500 people to invest a total of Bt50 million in a bogus company's aluminium trade - was arrested in Bangkok on June 15.

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