Thursday, 22 December 2016

Cameroonian man and four Thais arrested in a major counterfeit dollars bust (photos)

Police have seized counterfeit US currency with a face value of more than copy 50,000 (about 5.3 million baht) and arrested four Thais and a Cameroonian in coordinated sting operations with the US Secret Service.

The Thai suspects are two women, Tatchanan Kunz, 48, Panissara Taechaissaiadej, 47, and two men, Kittipong Yanawattanapong, 43, and Natchapattarapong Yampradit, 55, the alleged gang leader. The Cameroonian man was identified as Jean Jules Tenker, 45.

The arrests follow the expansion of the investigation following the recent arrest of Thai and foreign members of a gang passing counterfeit currency based in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district.

According to the Bangkok Post, Thai investigators had coordinated with US Secret Service agents to investigate the source of the forged notes and people involved, said Pol Maj Nattapon Rattanamongkolsak, an inspector of Crime Suppression Division’s sub-division 1.

Pol Maj Nattapon said an undercover police officer who posed as a buyer of counterfeit currency contacted Mr Natchapattarapong's gang, seeking to buy 10,000 fake copy00 banknotes, offering 1,100 baht for each one - about one-third the face value. A meeting was arranged at Makro hypermarket’s Bang Kapi branch in Bangkok on Tuesday.

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