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Police find ‘useful information’ in lottery-ticket dispute

Dec 20. 2017
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By SURIYA PATATHAYO
THE NATION

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POLICE HAVE a strong lead in their investigation into an alleged plot to illegitimately claim winning lottery tickets worth about Bt30 million, officials have said.

“We have received very useful information from the Central Investigation Bureau [CIB]. So far, we have not yet concluded the case because we need to wait for results from forensic tests,” Provincial Police Region 7 deputy commander Pol Maj-General Krissana Sapdej said yesterday.

National Police Commissioner Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda assigned Krissana to head the investigation into the dispute between teacher Preecha Kraikruan and retired policeman Charoon Wimul over five winning lottery tickets. 

Charoon cashed the tickets for Bt30 million last month, but then Preecha came forward with allegations that Charoon was not the legitimate owner of the tickets.

According to Preecha’s claim, he bought the lottery tickets from a vendor he was familiar with but he lost them and suspected that Charoon had found them. Both Charoon and Preecha live in Kanchanaburi province. 

Believing that local police had taken sides with Preecha, Charoon submitted a petition to Chakthip in Bangkok. 

Provincial Police Region 7 headquarters has taken over the case from local police in cooperation with several other police agencies. 

CIB chief Pol Lt-General Thitiraj Nhongharnpitak and deputy chief Maj-General Chavalite Sawangpuech attended a meeting with Krissana and representatives of the Crime Suppression Division and the Technology Crime Suppression Division yesterday. 

Krissana said the Technology Crime Suppression Division would help investigate both Charoon and Preecha’s phone records.

“We will solve the case quickly,” he said. 

Police are currently considering six disputes over winning lottery tickets. Of the others, two are in Bangkok, one in Udon Thani, one in Suphan Buri and one in Kanchanaburi. 

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