2 Americans arrested in Phuket for tax evasion worth millions


The couple’s apprehension operation, which is taking place in Phuket province, was carried out by officers from the Transnational Criminal Investigation Unit (TCIU) while DHS requested assistance from the CIB after discovering that the two suspects fled to Thailand after failing to pay taxes on the employment of hundreds of illegal immigrants in their home countries between 2007 and 2021.

A police team from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested two Americans at the request of US authorities for allegedly evading US$10 million (337.5 million baht) in employment taxes.

The arrest was made public at a press conference co-hosted by CIB Pol Commissioner Lt-General Jirapop Phuridej and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Regional Attaché Eric McLoughlin.

According to the CIB, the couple’s apprehension operation, which is taking place in Phuket province, was carried out by officers from the Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU).

DHS asked CIB for help after discovering that the two suspects fled to Thailand after failing to pay taxes on the employment of hundreds of illegal immigrants in their home countries between 2007 and 2021.

In Florida, the men ran an employment business that placed illegal immigrants in hotels, bars and restaurants. DHS estimated the value of the jobs at $67 million, and the two were charged with $10 million in tax evasion. After obtaining arrest warrants, it was discovered that both fled to Thailand.

According to a TCIU investigation, the suspects entered Thailand as tourists and were living in a villa in Phuket. Both should be deported to the United States. (NNT)


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