Three more people in Thailand arrested in fake medical gloves case

More arrest warrants were issued in Thailand Thursday after a CNN investigation of a hospital that bought medical gloves with fake production dates to extend the use and price of them, the Thai newspaper Phuket Gazette reported.

A total of nine people were arrested and nine medical related warrants issued for those directly and indirectly involved in the scam, the newspaper reported, citing Immigration Police.

“Any excuse is far too empty,” said Somchai Passakorn, the head of immigration police. “We should all be concerned about the health of our people and bring those responsible to justice.”

The series of articles by the TV news program 60 Minutes sparked investigation by the Immigration Bureau and Thai Government last year.

In January 2018, CNN detailed how Dhairyong and Anuchit Phanansaneat, the owners of the Wellfare Hospital – a famous Bangkok hospital that saw President Obama in 2011 – accepted about $26 million from a European company to buy tens of thousands of counterfeit medical gloves.

Thai police have said the scam lasted at least 18 months and affected over 3,000 hospital employees, and could involve dozens of hospitals and thousands of patients.

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