Connect with us

Phuket

Police believe Fake DSI agent is on the run in Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

Police believe Fake DSI agent is on the run in Phuket | The Thaiger
  • follow us in feedly

PHUKET: A career conman who claimed to be a high-ranking Department of Special Investigations (DSI) officer is on the run again after two decades of crime, arrests, womanizing and escaping justice.

Witchayut Pansampao, the alleged conman who masqueraded as a DSI officer to defraud people throughout the South, was arrested last month in Haad Yai but has gone missing after his release on bail.

Police believe he may be in Phuket, where he has a house with his wife, registered in his name.

Praphan Areebambat, an investigator with the Haad Yai District Police in Songkhla, identified the 57-year-old suspect as a resident of Singha Nakhon District in Songkhla.

Witchayut was picked up by officers as he was enjoying a bowl of khao tom (boiled rice) at a local restaurant in Haad Yai. He was wearing a T-shirt and shorts with a black jacket and badge identifying himself as a Department of Special Investigations (DSI) officer.

Arresting officers presented the suspect with a copy of an outstanding warrant on fraud charges issued by the Ranong Provincial Court for acts committed in Kraburi District, the province’s northernmost district sharing a long border with Burma.

A search of the suspect found him in possession of a fully-loaded .38 caliber pistol.

Officers escorted Witchayut to his Haad Yai hotel room where they found his real ID along with a picture business card identifying him as Pol Maj Gen Witsanupong Phummarin, an officer with the Justice Ministry’s DSI, the Thai equivalent of the FBI in the US.

Other evidence recovered included a variety of images of the suspect dressed as a police major general, ID cards identifying him as a member of the Phuket Police, mobile phones and birth control pills.

Witchayut continued to tell officers he was a real DSI agent as he was taken to Haad Yai Police headquarters. He claimed that he had been working in Phuket and was visiting family in Songkhla, where he was born.

After spending the night in a police jail cell, he was granted bail under the promise he would return on September 21 for additional questioning, Lt Col Prapan said.

He has not been seen since and is likely on the run, he added.

“Now I am processing documents to charge him with carrying a firearm in public, but we need to check the gun licensing center in Nakhon Sawan to see whether the pistol was legally registered. When all the evidence has been collected we will forward the case file to the public prosecutor in Haad Yai. In the meantime we will issue a summons for him to appear for questioning. If he does not appear, we will apply for an arrest warrant,” said Lt Col Prapan.

The police would not seek charges of impersonating a police officer because the suspect was not using the disguise to defraud people at the time of arrest, he said.

Subsequent investigation has revealed that Witchayut has a criminal history dating back 20 years, Lt Col Prapan said.

He was also a womanizer of sorts, police said.

“We think he used the ID to impress women and get them to sleep with him, then he probably used the birth control pills to keep them from getting pregnant,” he added.

Kraburi Police investigator Sutham Chaosuan said Witchayut’s arrest warrant was issued in 2008.

However, his station did not call Haad Yai Police with instructions to hold the suspect and assist in his transfer to Ranong to face court charges for fraud, he said.

Subsequent investigation by Haad Yai Police revealed that multiple arrest warrants had been issued for Wichaiyut by courts in Surat Thani as well as Ranong, Lt Col Prapan said.

In an effort to learn more, the Gazette contacted Police Region 8 Headquarters in Surat Thani, which is responsible for the upper-south region.

Investigator Mechai Nokkaew said the elusive Witchayut has been arrested “more than 10 times” over the past two decades.

One of the arrests was made in Phuket, but the case was dropped in 1993 when the victim chose to mediate a settlement.

“He has been defrauding people for about twenty years. After he serves his prison sentences, he goes back out and does it again,” he said.

“He works with other gang members to defraud people. They rent a room and invite their mark to discuss a business proposal, then ask them if they would like to have a gambling session. People who fall into this trap invariably lose because the gang members cheat,” he said.

“When caught and convicted, penalties are typically quite light. He might spend a year in prison, while completely avoiding incarceration is some cases through the mediation process,” he said.

Police records show that Witchaiyut and collaborators defrauded one party out of two million baht in Surat Thani in 1998, he said.

Victims typically get less than half their money back through the mediation process, he said.

“Witchaiyut has been defrauding people for 20 years, ostensibly so that he could afford to educate his child through to master’s degree level,” he said.

“He always carries fake documents identifying himself as a government officer of some sort.

“He will use the cards to trick women into believing he is a powerful man so that they will like him, and sometimes he uses them to deceive people into believing he is an honest broker,” he said.

It was confirmed Witchayut Pansampao still had not been detained, the Phuket Gazette was informed yesterday.

— Atchaa Khamlo

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Phuket

Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter

The Thaiger

Published

on

Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter | The Thaiger

The Soi Dog Foundation has officially opened its Humane Education Centre, the first of its kind in Thailand dedicated to the welfare of stray animals. The centre, located at the Soi Dog shelter in northern Phuket, forms part of the foundation’s Humane Education program. Rolled out in 2017, the program sees a team visit Thai schools to teach the next generation the basic principles of animal welfare and promote empathetic attitudes towards both owned pets and free-roaming strays.

The program has reached a total of 15,058 students and 861 teachers to date. With a dedicated classroom as well as educational tools and resources now on site at the shelter, Soi Dog will be able to expand the programme and reach an even greater number of young minds.

Co-founder and president of Soi Dog Foundation International John Dalley said, “The cornerstones of what we do – what I believe very firmly are the answers to the stray dog problem throughout Asia – are large-scale sterilisation of stray dogs and cats and education of, particularly, the next generation.

“We see all the time the problems that are being caused through us not respecting the environment and not respecting the other animals with whom we share this planet. That’s why education is so important.”

John also thanked the supporters and donors who made the construction of the centre possible. After cutting the ribbon, the students filed into the brand-new facility for the very first on-site class – a fun and interactive hour of roleplaying, brainstorming and problem solving.

Humane Education Manager Nuttawut “Film” Kumngern. said… “We want to encourage kindness toward animals, especially free-roaming dogs and cats, and teach youngsters to be responsible pet owners. This will sustainably reduce animal cruelty and pet abandonment.”

“We hope to one day see animal welfare incorporated into the curriculum in Thai schools, and our education centre is a great start.”

Soi Dog is ready to welcome school groups from Phuket and other provinces to the centre which can accommodate up to 40 students at any one time. Schools interested in participating are encouraged to email film@soidog.org

Phuket's Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter | News by The ThaigerPhuket's Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter | News by The Thaiger

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading

International Schools

Police have yet to investigate illegal hiring of foreign teachers at international school in Phuket

The Thaiger

Published

on

Police have yet to investigate illegal hiring of foreign teachers at international school in Phuket | The Thaiger

Chalong police in Phuket say they have yet to start investigating the illegal hiring of foreign teachers at an international school in Rawai, south of the island. Palm House International School allegedly hired foreign teachers illegally in which 2 were arrested by Phuket Immigration police on November 4.

Somkiet Sarasin, the leading investigator of the case, says the 2 Brits were informed that police were processing a charge of working illegally in the country against them, in which both denied the charges. Somkiet says the 2 were released on bail, but did not confirm the amount of bail that was set by the police.

“They are still staying in Thailand. I am not worried. I have their passports. I am not available to explain [any details] because the investigation is still ongoing.”

“This is normal for an investigation when the suspects deny the charge against them. I have to check more information against their claims. This case will probably be concluded next month.”

However, the investigation has yet to begin, with Somkiet saying he has not even questioned the owner of the school, despite his claims the case would be finished next month.

“The investigation into the school will take time. The investigation into the two British people must be finished first.”

Such allegations of foreign teachers working illegally have recently been in the news after Sarasas Witaed Sainoi Pitiyakarn School, in the central province of Nonthaburi, saw 7 foreign teachers probed for being hired illegally. That school, along with others in its private network, made nationwide news after CCTV caught a Thai teacher hitting, pushing and dragging a young student in the classroom. Such widespread violence against students has long been a sad component of many Thai schools, in which some of the teachers are unqualified and unlicensed to teach, but are hired anyway.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading

Tourism

Phuket sees 300 million baht boost over long holiday weekend

The Thaiger

Published

on

Phuket sees 300 million baht boost over long holiday weekend | The Thaiger

The Tourism Authority of Thailand says that Phuket has received a much-needed 300 million baht boost over the 4 day long weekend with around 54,000 tourists flocking to the island from last Thursday through to yesterday.

Phuket Office Director Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, reports that the average expenditure per visitor was about 5,500 baht, which was higher than the average spend for a Thai tourist to Phuket 2 years ago. She also noted that random checks on hotels showed that occupancy rates climbed to about 35%, with most guests staying 2 nights. But most of Phuket’s hotels remain closed.

Nanthasiri also says that many of the tourists concentrated themselves in the Phuket Old Town area, especially around Thalang Road, Phang Nga Road, and Dibuk Road in order to enjoy at the Sino-Portuguese shophouse architecture and historical locations. In fact much of Phuket Town, including its many markets and alley eateries, were doing roaring business, The Thaiger can vouch for the heavy traffic, on the roads and footpaths, over the past 4 days.

“This special holiday made Phuket tourism livelier, even though it was not as same as the situation before the Covid-19 pandemic.”

In fact, despite the welcome surge of visitors, it was still a long, long way from its previous tourist levels with much of the west coast, which has largely catered for the international tourist traffic, was still very quiet in places like Patong, Kata and Karon.

Phuket wasnt the only destination that has profited off of the long weekend as Chiang Mai saw droves of Thai tourists visiting its Royal Park Rajapruek as well as the northern city’s other nearby national parks and tourist areas. Visitors came from all over to see the blossoming of flowers in a beautiful display at the park as well as enjoying the air-purifying flowers as they relaxed. Tourists were able to rent a bicycle for 60 baht if they wanted to exercise while taking in the scenery and could also pay a visit to the orchid greenhouse, which hosts a variety of orchids in bloom. TripAdvisor recommends to set aside 2 hours to visit the park.

Next holiday weekend, on November 27 and 28, Pattaya is expected to get a tourism boost as its annual fireworks festivalis set to bring in travellers who have taken advantage of package deals offered by some beachside hotels. Such packages were offered for advance bookings, where holidaymakers could view the firework shows on the rooftops of their hotels. The firework displays are said to be long with breaks of entertainment-packed shows, featuring live music and student bands amongst others.

Phuket sees 300 million baht boost over long holiday weekend | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: The Phuket News

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.
Continue Reading
Thailand News Today | Holiday road toll, protests tomorrow, GDP recovery | November 24 | The Thaiger
Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Holiday road toll, protests tomorrow, GDP recovery | November 24

Thailand News Today | Dinosaurs in BKK, BOT tackles Baht, Special K isn’t special | November 23 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Dinosaurs in BKK, BOT tackles Baht, Special K isn’t special | November 23

Thailand News Today | Bangkok exodus, Pattaya air pollution, Vaccine next month? | November 20 | The Thaiger
Thailand4 days ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok exodus, Pattaya air pollution, Vaccine next month? | November 20

Thailand News Today | Protests to escalate, Domestic violence, Tourist visa exemptions? | Nov 19 | The Thaiger
Thailand5 days ago

Thailand News Today | Protests to escalate, Domestic violence, Tourist visa exemptions? | Nov 19

Thailand News Today | Emergency Decree, Protesters shot, Baht boost temporary | Nov 18 | The Thaiger
Thailand6 days ago

Thailand News Today | Emergency Decree, Protesters shot, Baht boost temporary | Nov 18

Thailand News Today | Protesters v Police, Quarantine reduction, VietJet passenger arrest | Nov 17 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | Protesters v Police, Quarantine reduction, VietJet passenger arrest | Nov 17

Thailand News Today | The RCEP reset, Hotel Talkfest, Protesters to be arrested | November 16 | The Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Thailand News Today | The RCEP reset, Hotel Talkfest, Protesters to be arrested | November 16

Thailand News Today | Coconut Business, Weekend protests, Pork dressed as Beef | November 13 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Coconut Business, Weekend protests, Pork dressed as Beef | November 13

Thailand News Today | More Thai Airways debt, Korean soldier, TripAdvisor warning | November 12 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | More Thai Airways debt, Korean soldier, TripAdvisor warning | November 12

Thailand News Today | PTT pays out, Revised visa requirements, Protester’s asylum | Nov 11 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | PTT pays out, Revised visa requirements, Protester’s asylum | Nov 11

Thailand News Today | Thai official positive, Head-butt latest, protest letters | November 10 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Thai official positive, Head-butt latest, protest letters | November 10

Thailand News Today | Golf STVs, Russian head-butted, protest latest | Nov 9 | The Thaiger
Thailand2 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Golf STVs, Russian head-butted, protest latest | Nov 9

Thailand News Today | Shorter quarantine, STV update, THAI jets for sale | November 6 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Shorter quarantine, STV update, THAI jets for sale | November 6

Thailand News Today | Political homes, Adult site bans, Nok Air rehab | November 5 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Political homes, Adult site bans, Nok Air rehab | November 5

Thailand News Today | Cheap flights continue, local tourism surge, fake notes | November 4 | The Thaiger
Thailand3 weeks ago

Thailand News Today | Cheap flights continue, local tourism surge, fake notes | November 4

Follow The Thaiger by email:

Trending