Multi-millionaire couple on the run for five weeks finally caught by police

A married couple were caught and charged after allegedly masterminding a multi-million-dollar luxury goods scam.

Singaporean Pi Jiapeng, 26, and Thai national Siriwipa Pansuk, 27, were on the run for more than five weeks after being accused of cheating customers from luxury goods companies Tradenation and Tradeluxury by getting them to pay for luxury watches and luxury handbags.

The couple were subsequently hit with two charges each with conspiracy to commit fraud and another charge with illegally fleeing Singapore last month, following their capture.

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After Pi was arrested in June, he and his wife surrendered their passports as Pi was released on bail but the couple soon went missing and ended up hiding in a container compartment of a Malaysia-registered lorry to Malaysia on July 4.

After the Singapore police received intel from the Royal Thai Police that the couple would be staying in a Johor Bahru hotel, the force were accompanied by the Royal Malaysia Police as they were arrested at BookMe hotel in Skudia on Wednesday (August 10).

Ms Sheila Rozy, one of the receptionists on duty at BookMe hotel on Wednesday (August 10), said the couple acted calm and did not look suspicious.

"They seemed calm and did not seem suspicious," said Ms Rozy.

"While they were waiting outside, four or five men came and approached them. They were men in plain clothes who later identified themselves as police officers.

"They spoke to the couple for a few minutes. The couple looked calm and did not try to run away. They were then taken into a marked police car and left," said the receptionist.

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During a video appearance in court, Pi said he was “really very sorry about the trouble” that resulted from the couple fleeing the country and said they will cooperate with the police.

The couple are expected to return to court next week and if found guilty of fraud, the couple could face up to 10 years in jail and a fine.

If found guilty of leaving Singapore without presenting a passport, they could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine (£602).

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