Man arrested for allegedly exchanging fake US bills for 1.2 million baht

A man was arrested in Bangkok for allegedly exchanging counterfeit foreign bank notes at a currency exchange kiosk, taking off with 1.2 million baht.

Police say Thanat Amatawimut, a 42 year old building contractor, exchanged 360 fake $100 USD bills for 1.2 million baht at a kiosk in Bangkok back in 2019. The staff accepted the cash, but later realised the bills were fake and attempted to contact Thanat. A complaint was later filed at the Lumpini police station. The Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant last October.

Thanat was arrested in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district yesterday. He denied the charges.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

One Comment

  1. If someone gives me counterfeit currency and I don’t notice, and I pass it on, how am I responsible for criminal acts… let’s not forget, it’s ok for banks to print nearly unlimited amounts of it, and they do, and that’s not criminal.

    75% of all currency ever created has been created in the past 12 months.

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