Repeat offender arrested in Bangkok after drugging woman, swindling over 1 million baht
The Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau arrested a Thai man at a shopping mall in the Sukhumvit neighbourhood of Bangkok yesterday after he allegedly drugged and swindled over 1 million baht from a woman. He was twice arrested on the same charge last year.
The scammer, 32 year old Phachara Ninjiasakun, was arrested inside the shopping mall following a complaint made by a female victim in 2020. Officers later searched his accommodation and confiscated his computer, mobile phone, female underwear, a doctor’s gown, and Alprazolam narcotics that he used to drug his victims and make them lose consciousness.
According to the police report, Phachara was arrested on the same charges by officers from Yannawa and Khlongton Police Station in Bangkok on September 14 and October 2 last year. His targets were female doctors and entrepreneurs who were too busy to check up on him or investigate his criminal history.
The woman revealed to police that she met Phachara on Facebook and went out on a date. During their date, Phachara encouraged her to drink something that made her lose consciousness. While she was unconscious, Phachara used her finger to unlock her phone and transferred 1 million baht to his account.
The victim revealed to the police that Phachara also recorded a video of them having sex and threatened to blackmail her.
Phachara was charged with violating Section 309 of the Criminal Law by coercing another person into performing an act they do not want to do by using violent acts or putting such a person in fear of injury to life, body, liberty, reputation, or property. The penalty is imprisonment for up to three years, a fine of up to 60,000 baht, or both.
He was also charged with violating Section 338 for forcing the other person to surrender their property by using the threat of revealing a secret. This charge carries a penalty of imprisonment ranging from one to ten years and a fine ranging from 20,000 to 200,000 baht.
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