BANGKOK, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Six Thai women have been arrested on charges of swindling tourists to an island in southern Thailand, said a police general on Monday.
The six women, who had run a tour firm named Thai Alpha Andaman Travel Co, had allegedly cheated on 44 of its clients who had been lured on the firm's facebook page into buying package tours to Koh Lipe island off Satun province, about 980 km south of Bangkok, only to find themselves stranded without any accommodations provided as advertised, according to Deputy Tourist Police Commissioner Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachet Hakpal.
The 44 tourists to Koh Lipe island in the Andaman Sea were last month's clients who had been swindled by the tour firm and paid no less than 4,990 baht (about 160 U.S. dollars) each whereas as many as 1,600 others were believed to have lost a combined 10 million baht (about 322,600 U.S. dollars) under its fraudulent scams during the last few years, Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachet said.
Another firm director is still at large, the police said.