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07 March 2015 :: 08:03:35 am 99450

Euro Counterfeiters Caught In Pattaya

Thai Police and French officials worked together to arrest a counterfeiting gang who were producing fake 50 Euro bank notes and sold them on the internet.
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PATTAYA – March 6,2015 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 14.30 pm Pol.Maj.Gen.Nitipong Niemnoi-commander-, Pol.Col.Sakrapee Piewpanit-deputy commander-, Pol.Col.Pratchaya Prasansuk-deputy commander-, Pol.Col.Suktad Pumpanmuang-superintendent of Pattaya police station-, Pol.Lt.Shitdecha Songhong-deputy superintendent of Najomtien police station- and Mr.Erik Frontlet-police co-operator of the French embassy- made a statement about the arrest of 3 suspects who had counterfeit bank notes. The arrested were a Mr.Camille Cinerelli 30 years old, Mr.Elie Maghames 28 years old and Mr.Alexander Jeanla Rocca 31 years old.

 

The police officers also confiscated computers, printers, ink, counterfeit checking machines, a skimmer machine, special paper, holograms, bank note dryer, and 5,250 copied euros)
Pol.Maj.Gen,Nitipong revealed that the police officers were notified by the French embassy that they had found 30 postal boxes which contained comics and 105 counterfeit bank notes inside and the boxes were sent from Thailand to France. Therefore, the officers expected that the gang were in Thailand.

 

After notification the commander had ordered Pol.LT.Col.Shitdecha to investigate the case until the officers arrested a Mr.Camille in a Motorbike shop in South Pattaya. Later the police officers squeezed him and he confessed that he was working with another 2 men ; therefore the police officers asked the Pattaya court for an arrest warrant and they were arrested in a house in Park Rung Rueng village.

 

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Upon questioning they confessed that they travelled to Thailand 2 months ago and they had married Thai girls. Later they had learnt how to counterfeit Euro bank notes from the internet and they bought the equipment from another country so that they could produce the notes. They intended to produce 50 Euro bank notes because they are easy to counterfeit, plus they had a website to attract customers. They sold five 50 Euro bank notes for 89 Euros, 10 bank notes for 170 Euros, 50 bank notes for 800 Euros and 100 bank notes for 1,550 Euros. They had packed the notes in comic books and sent them to France, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Canada, Germany and Greece and they were earning over 1 million baht each month.

 

Pol.Maj.Gen.Nitiong revealed that this was the first time that the police had arrested a counterfeit gang and the French officials were very thankful. In addition the officers aimed to hunt more gangs that commit this type of crime here in Thailand.

Reporter : Teerarak   Photo : Teerarak   Category : Crime News

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