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Man arrested in northeast Thailand, accused of producing fake bank notes

Maya Taylor



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Police in the north-eastern province of Si Sa Ket have arrested a 37 old man accused of producing counterfeit currency. Phichaphob Phankham was detained at a property in the Nong Phai district as part of an investigation into a trail of fake 100 baht notes in circulation in Si Sa Ket and neighbouring provinces. Police say his arrest follows the capture of 2 other suspects earlier this week.

“Earlier on Wednesday, we had arrested 2 suspects for using counterfeit bills at top-up kiosks in Si Sa Ket and seized over 300 fake bills.”

Nation Thailand reports that during Phichaphob’s arrest, police found a photocopier with 3 real 100 baht bills inside, as well as 45 fake 100 baht bills, a paper cutter, and packs of photocopier paper. The suspect has confessed to producing fake 100 baht bills, saying he would use them at phone top-up kiosks in Si Sa Ket and the neighbouring provinces of Surin and Yasothon.

It’s understood the accused has only just come out of prison, having been released on December 25. He has confessed to producing the counterfeit currency since January 24. He has been charged with making and using fake currency, which carries a penalty of anything from 10 years to life in prison and fines of between 20,000 and 40,000 baht.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Excuse my stupidity, but what makes it real? Its all still just ink on paper… no?

    Is govt/bank ink and paper some how worth more?

    My understanding is the physical properties of fake or real are still the same thing…

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      James R

      Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10:55 pm


      That is great news, thanks for sharing.

      Seeing as you pointed this out the Thai government just needs to print ten trillion baht of bank notes, hand them out for free and every Thai person can be millionaires overnight, why didn’t anyone else think of that. ?

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    brian mc

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    well I’m sure he will have no problem paying the fine or the bail.

    so, the kiosks accept just a picture of a bank note! a bit like the uk ews some years ago that vending machines thought a 10 baht coin was a 2 pound coin

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    Colin G

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Presumably, finding the money to pay the fine would not be a problem for a man with his talents…

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    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Govt should also help the people who had criminal record to find a job and contribute to the society rather than did nothing to them…Otherwise, they would likely to commit again….

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      Toby Andrews

      Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:35 am

      I would send them on a Safari to Africa, that will cure them.
      Don’t laugh, a few years ago they did take a young punk on a Safari holiday in Africa.
      It did no good. A few years later he was convicted, and locked up for a long sentence.

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    brian mc

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    his last conviction was also for making fake 100 baht notes. back then, he didnt have the copying equipment so used whiteout to hide the end zero on 1000 baht notes

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    James Pate

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    And his parents were so proud. He called home often, reassuring Mom & Dad that he was OK and “making money”.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:43 am

    He wanted to buy a fake Roles watch.

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