The owners of a seafood restaurant that ran an infamous con on its own customers were sentenced in court today to nearly a millennium and a half behind bars.
The Criminal Court on Wednesday found Apichat Bancharak and Prapassorn Bawornbancha of Laemgate Infinite Co. guilty of false advertising, fraud and computer crimes for scamming customers into paying in advance for all-you-can-eat meals they never made good on.
Hundreds of such charges were filed against them owing to the number of victims, leading the court to sentence both to a cumulative 1,446 years in prison. The judges then shaved 99% from their sentences due to their admissions of guilt.
Their former restaurant, originally situated on Phahonyothin Road before relocating to Lat Phrao intersection, rose on celebrity endorsements and hard-sell promotions to fame and success.
It all came crashing down last year after it began selling all-you-can-eat package deals via its website and social media channels.
Some of the deals included the “King of the Sea,” which sold for THB880 and fed 10 diners. Its “Hard-Core Fans” deal (THB3,000 for 30 diners) led more than 20,000 customers to transfer money to the company to reserve places.
In March 2019, the restaurant announced via social media that it had to cancel all the reservations due to a “lack of ingredients,” leaving more than 20,000 paying customers high and dry. More than 2,000 of them filed complaints to the Consumer Protection Board.