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Phuket man arrested for posing as a monk, asking for money



PHOTO: Nation TV

A man allegedly posing as a monk to solicit donations and 3 others allegedly involved in the scam were arrested by Phuket police. Some complaints regarding the fake monk had reached the governor. Police say they found a man dressed in the orange robe and 3 others sitting in the back of a pickup truck with a bag full of money.

The man dressed as a monk, police identified by the name Boonlong, claimed to be a monk for 8 years. He showed a certificate confirming he was registered, but when police called the temple named on the document, they said Boonlong is not a monk at the temple.

Boonlong was also questioned by the head monk in Phuket’s Mueang district Phra Khru Mettaphiron. He asked Boonlong to pray, but he didn’t even know how to begin a standard prayer.

After the questioning, Boonlong said the certificate was fake and he wanted to make money by asking for donations, according to police. All four of the people involved face charges for deceiving the public.

SOURCE: Phuket News


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  1. Toby Andrews

    Monday, August 31, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    They caught three fake monks in woods outside of Pattaya.
    They had porn magazines, beer and women with them.
    Perhaps they were on the path to enlightenment.
    Fake monks sleep in the central train station in Bangkok.
    One attacked a man who called him a fake because he had long hair.
    Thais fake everything, so why be surprised they fake being a monk.
    They even fake being women!!!!

    • james

      Monday, August 31, 2020 at 8:32 pm


      But with fake women, you get an unexpected free surprise at the end of the evening.

  2. Tobias Krantz

    Monday, August 31, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    When I hear about monks accumulating millions of Baht, I want to be a monk. I do understand the temptation to resort to being a fake monk in these hard times. Please ask the real monks to share their wealth with the poor people.

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