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27 September 2012 :: 17:09:25 pm 66998

Smooth-Talking Gold Swindler Still At Large

Korach police are seeking a con man who has swindled gold shop owners by paying for gold with fraudulent checks. Two shop owners in Nakhon Ratchasima lost more than 5 million baht worth of gold to him. The elusive con man has changed his name five times while committing his crimes.
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NAKHON RATCHASIMA – September 26, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: at 6 p.m., two arrest warrants for a gold swindler were announced by Pol. Col Pongdej Prommijit, vice commander of Nakorn Rachaseema provincial police. The warrants were issued by the Nakorn Rachaseema provincial court, warrant numbers Jor 289/2555 and Jor 290/2555.

The warrants charge the suspect, Mr. Sahachart Kasemthong, age 35, with charges of property defrauding by using gold as ruse, to fool the owners of two gold shops in a well-known department store in Nakorn Rachaseema.

Mr Sahwashart is charged with stealing 200 baht-weight of gold from the shops worth more than 5 million baht. Both shops are located in the mall at Nakorn Rachaseema.

On September 24, the two shop owners reported the crime to police. The owner of a gold shop named, “Petchsuwarn, TraMangkorn” is Mr. Jaranwat nantakunathip, age 43, living at 130/2 Mittraparp-nongkai Road, Naimuang, Muang, Nakorn Rachaseema. The owner of other gold shop named “Nokkrarian” is Ms. Kawissara Nantakunathip, age 38, living at house number 626-628, Naimuang, Muang, Nakorn Rachaseema.

The two owners came to the police to notify Pol. Lt. Col. Jamnong Saipong, the detective officer of Muang Nakorn Rachaseema police station. They reported being tricked by the man, who had arranged to buy 100 baht-weight gold, by transferring payment checks into the owners’ bank accounts. But his checks were later found fraudulent.

The owners revealed they also had been fooled by Mr. Sahachart’s appearance and smooth-talking personality. They described him as a good-looking man who also appeared to be gay. They said he looked reliable and honest.

After deciding to buy their gold, Mr. Sahachart had contacted the gold shops and told the owners that he would transfer money into their bank accounts. Then he wrote checks to be deposited in their bank accounts. But he had deposited his checks in different banks from their accounts, and told them to check. So they checked their accounts, and found there had been money transferred into their accounts, but there was a code “QN” at the end of the deposit, which meant the bank had to verify the deposit because it came from another bank.

But the two owners did not notice the QN code designation on the deposit, so they gave Mr. Sahachart their gold. But they later found out his checks were not valid and they had been fooled. So they went to the police. Journalists checking the record of Mr.Sahachart discovered he had pulled his scam many times, with warrants for his arrest issued from Srisaket and Ubon Rachathanee for the same charges.

He has swindled shop owners in many areas, and also has changed his name more than five times, from “Sarawut” to “Ammarin,” then to “Phanupong,” Kasemsak”, and most recently to “Mr. Sahachart,” to cover his identity during his crimes.

The shop owners issued a plea for anyone with knowledge of the swindler to please help them by telling the police so they can track down the man and arrest him for prosecution.

Category : Crime News

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