Thai Crime: Thai Man Pretends To Be Police Officer

A 28-year-old Lampang man impersonating a Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police officer has been arrested on charges of duping people into investing 1.6 million baht in a restaurant business that never materialized.
Phonlakorn Siriwan, 22, was arrested on Friday at his apartment on Thepprasit Road in the Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri. Thon Buri Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for a man who posed as a Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police officer and duped investors into investing 1.6 million baht in a restaurant business that never materialized.
On Friday, the CSD police apprehended Phonlakorn Siriwan at an apartment on Thepprasit Road in the Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri. The Thon Buri Criminal Court had issued an arrest warrant for him on charges of fraud, impersonating an officer, and inputting false information into a computer system
According to Pol Col Pornsak Raorujilarai, deputy chief of the CSD, the suspect, who claimed to be a CSD officer and graduate of the 64th class of the academy, had lured people into investing in a restaurant business last year.
Phonlakorn also claimed to be a close associate of Police Lieutenant General Jirabhop in order to gain the trust of his victims. Phonlakorn promised them a high return on their investment.
Pol Col Pornsak says the suspect raised a total of 1.6 million baht, but when people asked for the promised payments, the suspect kept delaying them.
Upon being unable to contact the suspect, the victims filed a complaint with the CSD.
Phonlakorn admitted to the charges when questioned. In his statement, he said he posed as a police officer because he loved the profession. He failed the test to enter a non-commissioned officer school.
Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop was known and had a good reputation, so he claimed to be close to him.
Pol Maj Gen Montri Thetkhan, the CSD commander, said a criminal check revealed that the suspect was also wanted on two other arrest warrants for fraud.

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