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25 September 2010 :: 13:09:45 pm 40548

Arrest for Pattaya Tour Company Scammer of Bt 3Million in Airfares

Pattaya Tourist Police have arrested the owner of a tour company who offered air tickets in a scam to more than 50 tourists.
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Pattaya, 24th September 2010: At approximately 6.00pm Police Major General Adit Ngamjitsuksee (Police Tourism Commander) along with the Pattaya Police Tourism team announced the apprehension of Mrs.  Sutheera  Yaempheng [57] from Banglamung. The suspect had an arrest warrant issued against her from Pattaya Provincial Court, signed on 26th June 2010 for fraud.

Police Major Jeneral Adit Ngamjitsuksee stated  that  the Banglamung Police had received reports on the 14th June 2010 by Mr. Johannes Jacobus [42], a Dutch national and 9 other victims that they had purchased tickets to their homeland, but were unable to fly due to the tickets being invalid.

It was later discovered that there were approximately 62 victims who had paid an estimated Bt 300,000 in airfares to the unscrupulous business whose owner fled the area with over Bt 3 million in scammed monies.

The scam had allegedly involved taking payments for airfare to a variety of European countries before printing out fake ticket confirmation certificates for the relevant customers. On arrival to the airport, the victims were informed by airline staff that their tickets were not valid and had in fact probably never been booked.

Many of the victims had been regular customers of Mrs. Sutheera Yaempheng who had fled with their money due to unpaid debts which she had incurred in the process of operating her travel agency over the past 15 years.

The investigating officer added that the Pattaya Provincial Court had issued the warrant for the arrest of the suspect before Pattaya Tourism Police traced the offender to her hide out in Bangkok. She was found in Soi Nongnuch 37-39 prior to her arrest.

Mrs. Yaem pheng confessed to having money problems which led to her dishonesty, taking airfares from customers for tickets she had failed to book. Subsequently the officer brought the suspect to Banglamung Police Station in order to proceed with further charges of fraud.

Compensation has been paid to victims of this crime by the Pattaya Tourism Fund

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Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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