An international gang of 25 members who stole $3.2 million from bank accounts in Asian countries was arrested in Dubai following a raid by Dubai Police in cooperation with Thai authorities.
Major General Khalil Ibrahim al-Mansouri, the assistant commandant of criminal affairs at Dubai Police told the Khaleej Times that they received information about the whereabouts of the gang that consisted of men and women, 24 of which were Thai and one was from Taiwan.
“After locating their hiding place, which is located in a residential area, our team raided and arrested all members of the gang consisting of men and women with about 150 smart phones and 40 laptops, as well as some technical devices that helped them commit these kinds of crimes,” al- Mansouri told the newspaper.
In a video released by the Dubai Police’s official Twitter account, the task force is shown barging into the suspected apartment and cuffing the gang members laying them face down on the floor. The video also shows the confiscated items which included several mobile phones and laptops.
Al-Marri added that the gang chose a residential area as their hideout to give the impression that they were a normal Asian family. He praised the efforts of the task forces at the general department of criminal investigations in finding the criminals.
The victims, who were from Thailand and other Asian countries, were deceived to transfer funds from their accounts to fake accounts in East Asian countries.
The gang members had already been accused of fraud in Thailand, the newspaper reported.
Al-Marri attributed the success of the operation to the good relations between the UAE and other countries in the field of fighting crime regionally and internationally.