Pattaya Daily News

24 April 2014 :: 06:04:18 am 84870

Counterfeiting Gang Arrested

Police of the Consumer Protection Division have arrested a gang that were counterfeiting US dollars worth around 1 million THB.
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BANGKOK – April 22, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; at the Consumer Protection Division, Pol.Maj.Gen. Norrasak Hemnithi (Commander of Consumer Protection Division), Pol.Col. Angkoon Khlaikhlueng (Deputy Commander) and the police team together made a statement about the arrest of Mr. Aekissarachan Sukkasem or “Aek” or “Mac Arthur”, aged 48, Mrs. Boonyaphat Kitphaisarn, aged 52, Mr. Somchai Buasem, aged 47 and Mr. Samart Ponraksa, aged 35, in the allegation of counterfeiting banknotes which are issued by the government or by government’s authority according to the Criminal Code, Section 240, 244 and 247. The 4 defendants were arrested together with the exhibits of 100 U.S. dollar banknotes totaling 280 bills or approximately 1 million THB and 3 mobile phones at a hotel in area of Kaset Nawamin road, Bang Khen, Bangkok.

Pol.Maj.Gen. Norasak said that they had arrested the gang after a businessmen in the area had notified them that fake bank notes were being used in the area, therefore the detective police team rushed to inspect the allegations and to gather information. The gang would bring a sample US dollar bank note for the customer to inspect before they bought them in packs of 300. Therefore, the officers planned to purchase the notes using an undercover officer and make a purchase of 280 bills at a price of 480,000 THB. When the defendants delivered the exhibits to the undercover agent the police team then showed up to arrest all defendants.

The commander of Consumer Protection Division continued to say that he had sent the fake U.S. dollars banknotes to be inspected at the U.S. Embassy in Thailand then the officers found that they were 90% genuine banknotes. Furthermore, the officers also found more offenders who were Thai and foreign mainly from the Middle East.

Upon initial investigation, all defendants confessed in all allegations which Mr. Aekissarachan or Mac Arthur said that he purchased all fake U.S. dollar banknotes at a price of 1,000 THB then sold them for 1,200 THB each it was his first offence.

Mr. Aekissarachan also gave testimony that the fake U.S. dollar banknotes are being extensively used in the businesses of illegal petrol and the trade of illegal Siamese rosewood, and they are also used for gambling in various gambling dens. The police had detained all defendants and sent them to the investigation officer of Chok Chai police station to be prosecuted further according to the Thai law.

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