Police train eagle eye on those who cheated the system
Nearly 10,000 people and 900 businesses face police investigation for allegedly cheating the government’s tourism stimulus campaign “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together).
Deputy National Police chief Pol Lt-General Damrongsak Kittiprapat said on Tuesday that the Crime Suppression Division has joined provincial police divisions of regions 1 through 9 to look into the dealings of 9,800 people and 900 businesses.
These people came under the spotlight after it was reported that some individuals let others use their national ID cards to register for the subsidy. Also, some registrants were found to have exercised their rights in several different locations.
Under this scheme, eligible Thais can receive a 40 per cent discount on rooms and restaurant meals. They will also get an e-voucher when checking into a hotel and a 40-per-cent flight refund when checking out.
“Provincial police divisions will look into fraudulent dealings in areas under their jurisdiction, which will remove the need to transport suspects to the different provinces where they may have committed fraud,” Damrongsak said.
He went on to say that investigation into fraudulent dealings related to the “Kon La Khreung” (Let's Go Halves) shopping subsidy scheme will be conducted by the Economic Crime Suppression Division.
“However, both divisions will strictly follow the investigation procedures stipulated by the Royal Thai Police.”
The Rao Tiew Duay Kan campaign runs from July 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.