Pattaya Daily News

18 July 2010 :: 12:07:02 pm 31788

Police Investigate Sham Legal Practice Operating in Pattaya

Police on Saturday successfully arrested three suspects involved with an alleged sham legal practice operating in Pattaya. Officers arrested the business owner and two employees after reports of extortion and false legal advice had been presented to police.
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Pattaya, the 17th of July 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 2:00pm on Saturday, Lieutenant Colonel Khuanphichai Monojarensap (Crime Suppression Special Operations Department Chief) and a team of investigative officers proceeded to arrest three female suspects involved with a sham legal firm operating in Nong Palai. The suspects, Miss Sirikorn Kumpha [33], Miss Suganya Songkhunthot [33] and Miss Manthana Huay Yai [31], were arrested at the Big C Department Store in South Pattaya.

Lt. Col. Monojarensap revealed that special operations police had been informed of the scamming legal firm after receiving information regarding the operation from a scorned customer. Reportedly, the business was exploiting largely foreign clients involved in local court cases, charging exorbitant fees and offering false promises. Allegedly, the firm would also profess to be able to resolve a case via an “under the table” agreement with the magistrate and prosecutor, which was subsequently proven false.

During interrogations with the three women, police discovered that the business had been started by a Mr. Phoonsawad Kerdkaew and his wife Mrs. Angkhana Kerdkaew. Allegedly their were three staff members, along with Mrs. Kerdkaew, employed in the business to facilitate building relationships with foreign clients and/or their partners in order to build trust and consequently extort the money. Investigations also revealed that Mr. Kerdkaew was not a certified legal practitioner.

Police obtained arrest warrants for all five suspects, successfully apprehending the three women at South Pattaya Big C Department Store, while Mr. Kerdkaew was belatedly arrested at the legal office in Nong Palai. At present Mrs. Kerdkaew has evaded capture, however; investigations into the case and the resultant search for the remaining suspect are ongoing.

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Crime News

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