Pattaya Daily News

07 August 2008 :: 13:08:14 pm 10718

Bangkok Company Involved In Car Rental Scam

More than 20 car owners who had let their cars to an agency to sub-let to foreigners for a good return notified police, on August 6, 2008, that when they had asked for their cars to be returned, they were ignored by the agency. Pattaya police found 300 cars had disappeared.
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At 1 PM, on August 6, more than 20 victims, including car renters, government employees, and local people in Pattaya notified Pol.Lt.Col.Samai Somjit, Banglamung Investigator, that Pakawatee car rental agency had stolen a hundred of their cars. Mr. U-tane Orn-suthi, the marketing officer of the Provincial Electricity Authority, one of the victims, said that after he had heard news that the Suthisarn police had raided a car warehouse belonging to an agency and found 2 cars from Pattaya, he and other renters and locals who had let their cars to the agency became alarmed that all was not well.

He discovered that many car owners had let their cars for sub-letting with Miss Orawan Chuemchit aka “O”, (31), from Chonburi. Miss Orawan claimed that Pakawatee Company had contacted her to find cars to rent out to foreigners, from which the owners would make a good income. However, after victims had asked for their cars back, wishing to cancel their contracts, they were ignored and the agency did not contact them back. They became suspicious that their cars might have been modified, or pawned for gambling and consequently notified the police. Mr. U-tane said that he, himself, had let 10 cars to the agency, but he had only managed to get one of the cars back.

Mr. Akachai Ai-hang (28), the owner of Y.Y. car rental, located in South Pattaya, said that he was also contacted by Miss Orawan and had made a contract to sub-let his cars and some belonging to a friend, 13 cars in total. After he had heard about the news, he asked for his cars back, but he had also been ignored. He went to the company, but he could not find anybody there and began to think that he had been cheated. He had then made an appointment with all the victims in Pattaya to notify the police. Apparently, all told, there were 284 cars in Pattaya that Pakawatee company had rented, only some of which had been retrieved.

Police questioned Miss Orawan who admitted that she had rented cars from car dealers and people in Pattaya in order to sub-let them to Miss Pakawatee Wiwatwattana (31), the owner of Pakawatee Company from Bangkok, who has since disappeared. Miss Orawan denied having anything to do with the scam, all she did, she said, was to source cars for Miss Pakawatee. She said that after she had learnt that victims had notified the police, she made contact with representatives from Pakawatee company and had managed to retrieve 8 cars.

Pol.Lt.Col. Samai Somjit stated that this case was somewhat complex as there were many related areas and many victims. Initially, police had made a record of the apparent thefts and reported the matter to the chief of police. Police will obtain more information from the people concerned to retrieve their cars.

A PDN reporter added that, at the same time that the victims were notifying the police, a police officer who claimed to be Darb Chang from the Car Theft Suppression Center of the National Police, had come to question them about the matter. Apparently, one of victims recognized Darb Chang as someone who had previously asked 50,000 Baht to retrieve a lost car, which the victim had never got back. The victim had also asked Darb Chang for the money back, but he had refused and claimed that the money had been given to him without him having asked for it. The two then got into an argument, which had to be arbitrated by the Banglamung police who finally reconciled the pair.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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