Police: Luxury cruise precedes bogus Japan trip

The advertisement of "Wealth Ever Co" on its apparently misspelled "Millioniar Party" cruise on the Chao Phraya River was an attempt to build credibility before a suspected pyramid scheme revealed itself, police said. (Crime Suppression Division photo)

A travel fraud suspect organised a Bangkok luxury cruise for 500 people on the Chao Phraya River, allegedly to boost her credibility just before leaving about 1,000 stranded at Suvarnabhumi airport on Tuesday in a suspected pyramid scheme.

Police sources said on Sunday that Pasist Arinchalapis, also known by a fortuneteller name as "Sin Sae Shogun", had successfully organised a number of activities for clients, the latest one of which was a luxury cruise called "Millioniar Party" on the White Orchid River Cruise boat on March 18. Officials suspected they were held to promote the credibility of her direct-sale network.

About 500 members of her network, who subscribed to sell her brand of food supplements, boarded the boat at the River City pier in Bangkok at 6pm. The boat departed at 7pm and returned at 10pm that night.

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