7 men arrested for allegedly posing as monks, asking for cash donations

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Seven men are accused of posing as monks to scam residents in the eastern province Rayong by asking for cash donations. Reports say police found the men carrying fake monk identification cards.

The seven “monks” were seen as unconventional as they refused to accept food and other offerings, and only accepted money. A local monk then reported them to the authorities and told Thai media, the men are dressing like monks, but they are “devils.”

When officers went to investigate, the group reportedly refused to talk and tried to flee. Officers say they were able to seize seven fake monk identification documents, two knives, a wooden stick, money, and monk robes.

The group allegedly confessed that they formed the group in Nakhon Sawan province and bought the fake documents for 5,000 baht last month. They started travelling around, posing as monks and asking for money as the offerings.

The police officers from Klaeng Police Station say the men will face charges for forgery and carrying weapons in public.

SOURCE: Khaosod

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