Pattaya Daily News

24 July 2007 :: 13:07:39 pm 43755

NAMIBIANS IN FAKE DIAMOND SCAM NABBED IN PATTAYA

A Diamond merchant from Chantaburi province, believing that 700 diamonds, with an approximate value of almost two million Baht, were genuine, clinched a deal with 4 Namibians, only to later discover they were fake. She reported the rip-off and fortunately managed to get restitution, but, sadly, minus 100,000 baht that the gang had already spent.
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On 23 July, at 12.00, Mrs. Gaysorn Jirakasemnukul (40), a diamond and gem merchant, from Mueng, Chantaburi province, reported to Pol.Col. Suthin Sabphuang of Pattaya Police that four Namibians had sold her 700 fake diamonds, worth about 1.7 million Baht, misappropriated her diamond analysis machine and beat a hasty retreat with the stolen cash to Pattaya.
Somehow, with the help of a friend, she discovered that the gang was staying at Acadia Mansions on Pattaya 2nd Road, which she told to the police, and armed with this information the police swooped on them. Conveniently, the police team, led by Pol.Lt.Col. Suphachai Phuigaewkam arrived just as the gang was checking out of the hotel and they were detained for investigation.

The gang members, identified as Mr.George Jackson Petrus (37), Mr.Immanuel Markus (46), Mr.Amukoto Eliaser (40), Mr.Charles Namuyamba (41), from the Republic of Namibia, claimed that they, themselves, had been duped. They maintained they had purchased from a merchant and sold them on to Mrs. Gaysorn in good faith on July 22, making a profit of about 700,000 Baht, after which they went to Pattaya to enjoy themselves.

Mrs. Gaysorn maintains that she had first checked the diamonds to ascertain their genuineness and had been convinced of their authenticity, paying the gang in a mixture of Baht and US dollars and also lending the gang her diamond analysis machine. However, she rechecked the gems later and discovered that they were fake, having been glazed with a special chemical to make them look like the real thing. Discovering this, she pulled out all the stops to trace the gang.

The police negotiated with both parties and the gang agreed to give back the money, minus more than 100,000 Baht that they had already spent. She did not intend to press charges as she believed they, too, had been the victims of rip-off merchants. The moral being caveat emptor – let the buyer beware. The Namibians were later released.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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