Pattaya Daily News

29 September 2012 :: 16:09:12 pm 67014

Name-dropping Extortionist Nabbed By Vicitmized Cop

A Sattahip government officer was arrested on bribery charges, after he promised an arrestee that he could get his court case dismissed for 150,000 THB. The suspect also mentioned the name of a Jomtien police commander who would help them, which damaged the reputation of the innocent commander.
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SATTAHIP – September 29, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 12:15 a.m., the arrest of a government officer for bribery was announced by Pol. Col. Sathien Boonkham, Superintendent of Na Jomtien police station, Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi province; together with Pol. Lt. Col. Peeraphong Laothanavin, Deputy Superintendent; and the detective police team.

The suspect was identified as Mr. Bancha Thongsaen, age 40, occupation government officer, address 10/70 Moo 6 Tambon Plutaluang, Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi province.

Mr. Bancha is charged with using his position and influence for his advantage to receive benefits illegally according to criminal Act 143P. He also is charged with slander for using the name of a police commander in order to extort money from a person who had been recently arrested. Police seized evidence of cash that had been photocopied in the amount of 100,000 THB, which was used in an undercover operation to trap the suspect.

The victimized police commander was Pol. Lt. Col. Peeraphong Laothanavin, Deputy Superintendent, or nickname “Deputy Pae.” He revealed that during the past week, local people in Tambon Na Jomtien were spreading a rumor that Deputy Pae had extorted money for 150,000 THB from a suspect who was arrested in a crime case, in order to have the case dismissed.

The false rumor had ruined Deputy’s Pae’s reputation and the status of the Na Jomtien police station. So in order to retrieve his prestige and image, Deputy Pae investigated this case by himself. He discovered that that the government officer who had mentioned his name to take advantage of someone was Mr. Bancha Thongsaen, a Sattahip government officer.

Deputy Pae also discovered that Mr. Bancha’s victim had already paid Mr. Bancha 50,000 THB, and still had to pay another 100,000 THB to have his court case dismissed. So the police made a plan to let the victim bring fake 100,000 THB bills that were photocopies, to give to Mr. Bancha for the remaining payment.

A meeting was arranged with the suspect in a central Pattaya restaurant. When Mr. Bancha arrived to receive the money, the police arrested him. After his arrest, Mr. Bancha confessed to the accusations of slander and bribery.

The reporter also observed that after his arrest, Mr. Bancha tried to negotiate to dismiss the charges against him, and made a phone call to the high-ranking government officer to negotiate to clear the case against him. But Deputy Pae refused to negotiate with Mr. Bancha. In order to retrieve his reputation and prestige, Deputy Pae will prosecute the suspect to the fullest extent.

Deputy Pae also warned citizens not to believe bad people who use the names of high-ranking government officers or other VIPs to extort money to abolish their court cases. Every court case will be judged according to the law by the court, without exemption, the police commander said.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Crime News

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