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16 December 2009 :: 15:12:57 pm 30929

Notorious Fraudster Arrested; 46 Million Baht Bank Statement

A notorious fraudster and con-man that goes by 6 different aliases has been arrested in Bangkok. The man in question stole people's possessions and identities, whilst they willingly let him into their homes after he deceived them into thinking he was a maintenance man.
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Bangkok, the 14th of December 2009 [Pattaya Daily News]: Police General Sathien Tanthakoon and Lieautenant General Watcharaphol Siripark of the Yannawa Police Station, Bangkok, released a statement announcing the arrest of Mr. Jomphol Sophonsisriwat [47], (AKA, Mr. Chanon Sophonsiri, Mr. Phupha Niratrhop, Mr. Apilap Niratrop, Mr. Jomphol Piratrop and Mr. Phupha Siripahan) the notorious fraudster who had been cheating people out of their money and possessions in order to fuel a gambling habit.

Mr. Sophonsisriwat declared to police that he would survey various properties in an area before stealing various items of their mail in order to obtain information about his victims. He would then approach the house dressed as an air-conditioning maintenance man and request to take a look at their unit. He would then request that the occupants monitor the circuit breaker whilst he proceeded to walk through the house stealing their money and valuables before fleeing the scene.

As a result of a police investigation of Mr Sophonsisriwat’s residence officers found a variety of evidences of his crimes, including; Thai and Foreign Currency, Religious Buddhist artefacts, a press pass for a leading magazine and various other valuable items that were reported stolen. Further investigations revealed various other evidence that are believed to have been stolen, including; a blue Honda Jazz (reg. Chor-Phor 7591 BKK) and a blue and white Honda Click motorbike (reg. Wor-Thor-Khor 757 BKK). Also found at the scene were various bank statements detailing Mr. Sophonsisriwat to have held up to 46 million baht.

The brief of evidence was presented to the South Bangkok Criminal Court at Jorjarn on the 28th of November 2008 after his arrest at the Nuanjan Temple Klongkum, Bungkum, in Bangkok. It was later found that Mr. Sophonsisriwat had been involved in another theft at a house in Srilom, Baglak on the 23 of July 2008 were he allegedly stole an amount of money in the region of 1 million baht.

   

After police checked their records they discovered that the man had a prior conviction for a similar crime in 2001 which he served 5 years in prison for, he was released in 2007.

Mr. Sophonsisriwat admitted to police that he had committed similar offences in excess of 100 incidences. He confessed to planning the events with a friend who would drive him around the quiet and respectable Soi’s of the Bangkok region, where he would steal various items of mail to gain information regarding his victims. Mr. Sophonsisriwat confessed that he was forced to commit the crimes in order to help fund his ill fathers cancer treatment and to feed his gambling habit in the casino’s of Cambodia. He also stated that he had been able to plan and commit one theft every two weeks, selling the valuables and other items for cash.

Police queried Mr Sophonsisriwat on his possession of the press pass which on investigation was revealed to be a fake. He explained to officers that he had planned to use it on a job but had not done so at the time of his arrest. Also stating that after his fathers death he had not committed another offence until the time of his arrest, at which time he was taking his fathers ashes to the temple.  

A notorious fraudster and con-man that goes by 6 different aliases has been arrested in Bangkok. The man in question stole people’s possessions and identities, whilst they willingly let him into their homes after he deceived them into thinking he was a maintenance man.

Police General Sathien Tanthakoon explained to the press that the evidence was now available to view by the various victims of Mr. Sophonsisriwat?s crimes, so that they may identify their possessions.

   

In co-operation with the various other police stations in Bangkok city and the surrounding regions, police have begun a massive investigation in order to uncover any other victims of Mr. Sophonsisriwat. It was also noted that police are trying to find the owner of the Honda Jazz car that was found at Mr. Sophonsisriwat?s residence, as police do not believe that it had belonged to the criminals father like he stated.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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