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17 March 2014 :: 15:03:24 pm 83228

Africans Arrested For Counterfeit Scam

A pair of Africans has been arrested in Bangkok for a con involving making counterfeit US dollars, and passing them on to tourists. Their latest victims were a couple from Switzerland, travelling in the Udorn Thani region. They lost almost 300,000THB, which the Africans were going to send home to their impoverished families.
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UDORN THANI – March 15, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 10.30 a.m. a statement was made at Mueang Udorn Thani police station, by Pol.Col. Kowit Charoenwatthanasak (Superintendent) and the tourism police team regarding the arrest of Mr. Abdoulaye Tchamambe, aged 23, Cameroonian nationality, and Mr. Michel Lua Ntumba, aged 36, Congolese nationality. Items taken to be used as evidence included a set of equipment for making counterfeit fake U.S. dollars which consisted of absorbent cotton, antiseptic solution, tincture and alcohol, and paper covered with cotton and tied with adhesive tape. The defendant’s bags and clothes were also taken. Miss Zehida Welti and her husband, the Swiss victims, were on hand to verify the identity of the counterfeiters.

The police revealed that this is becoming an endemic issue in Thailand, with tourists being conned out of their money. On March 10, 2014, the two Africans befriended the Swiss couple in Udorn Thani. They then showed the couple how, with their equipment, they were able to make counterfeit one dollar bills in just a few minutes. Once convinced, the Africans asked the Swiss for money in order to purchase the solution which binds the various components of the bill together. The Swiss gave them 283,000THB, at which point, the Africans disappeared. Fortunately, the police were able to find and arrest the culprits at their address 2054 of PC Mansion, Soi Lad Phrao, Wang Thong Larng Sub-district, Bangkok.

Upon questioning, the Africans confessed to the crime, and admitted that it was not their first con. They would stay in large cities, and try and befriend rich people that they could swindle. Their reasoning for doing it, was to send the legitimate monies to their poor families in the Congo and Cameroon. They had chosen Thailand for their operation, as it appeared to be the easiest country in the world to carry it out. The police charged the Africans, and they will be prosecuted according to Thai law. Afterwards, Thailand will be deporting them, as the Africans entered Thailand illegally.

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