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Couple arrested for alleged Bt1.52m police promotion scam

Mar 01. 2019
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By The Nation

Police has arrested a Thai couple for allegedly conning 10 policemen out of a total of Bt1.52 million by using fake Line accounts to give false promises of police promotions in the annual reshuffle.

Crime Suppression Division commander Pol Lt-General Suthin Sappoung told a press conference on Friday that the couple claimed the Line accounts belonged to national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda and Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Surachet Hakpal.

Kittisak Siriwittayawong, 32 and Pailin Wee-eubkaew, 29, who had an aluminium product-manufacturing factory together, were arrested on February 27 in a parking lot in Bangkok's Bang Khae district. 

They are facing charges of fraud and violation of the Computer Act (inputting false information onto computer system resulting in damages to others). The offence is punishable with a maximum one-year imprisonment and/or a maximum Bt500,000 fine.

Kittisak reportedly confessed during police interrogation and Pailin maintained she was innocent.

Suthin said that the suspects made use of their knowledge of police system's information to commit the alleged crime. 

Kittisak was accused of duping the damaged persons since January 2018. He claimed to know the senior officers' personal Line accounts, although they were bogus and allegedly created by Kittisak.

He allegedly hooked the victims to those accounts and used them to "borrow" cash from the victims. 

Pol Colonel Siriwat Deepor, a superintendent of the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD), said the arrests were made after some of the duped policemen grew suspicious and filed a complaint with TCSD.

Deputy national police spokesman Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen said that the Royal Thai Police had no position-trading policy and that the national police chief would press charges against those involved. 

The police force would also set a committee to probe the case and hand out disciplinary punishments to the officers involved.

Later on Friday, police escorted the couple to Ratchadapisek Criminal Court to apply for their first 12-day detention and objected to bail release on grounds of a flight risk.

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