A female apartment broker has been tracked down and arrested on charge of fraud for swindling prospective tenants, both Thais and foreigners, and landlords out of Bt2.5 million.

The Tourist Police Bureau reported that 31-year-old Pawinee Krainoonsing was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by the Bangkok South Criminal Court on April 30. She was arrested at a house in Bangkok last Thursday.

The arrest follows complaints by tenants that Pawinee had duped them into paying rental deposits and then fled after the payments were made. She had also removed advertisements placed on social media to attract potential customers, making her more difficult to track down.

Pawinee had asked prospective tenants to sign rental agreements and asked them to pay deposits. She did not pass on the money to the room owners. The losses incurred by tenants and landlords totalled Bt2.5 million

Pawinee earlier duped a Chinese woman into paying a fine of Bt110,000 for an immigration offence that turned out to be bogus.