Connect with us

Phuket

Uzbek tourist arrested with fake US dollars in Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: A tourist from Uzbekistan was arrested for trying to exchange fake US dollars at a money exchange in Rawai yesterday.

“Karnika Patkong, 59, the owner of M&P money exchange on Patak Rd, informed us that a tourist asked for Thai baht and Malaysian ringitt in return for US$1,700. He suspected the US dollars were forged, so he called us and stalled the tourist until officers arrived at the scene,” said Lt Col Yokin Jankong of Chalong Police.

Police arrived to find the suspect, Boboyeb G’olijon Obidovivh, 27, still at the shop.

“We had the notes examined by the exchange officer at M&P money exchange as well as at a Bangkok Bank branch in Chalong. They found that nine of the notes were fake and eight were genuine,” said Col Yokin.

Mr Obidovivh told police that he had arrived in Phuket from Malaysia on Sunday and was scheduled to stay for 15 days.

He added that the currency he had brought with him was ‘real’, but the notes may have been switched during a previous transaction at a Bangkok Bank branch in Cherngtalay, the staff of which allegedly told him they did not have enough Thai baht in exchange for US dollars.

Mr Obidovivh was arrested and taken to Chalong Police Station for further legal processing.

Officers said the suspect’s story “sounded made up” but are nevertheless investigating the matter further with Bangkok Bank.

— Winai Sarot

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Tourism5 hours ago

Local businesses say they aren’t profiting from Phuket Sandbox

Crime6 hours ago

Woman shot by stray gunfire during motorcycle shooting

Phuket8 hours ago

Phuket pair arrested in possession of meth pills, homemade gun

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Prayut to propose to CCSA to reopen theatres, allow filmmaking

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Saturday Covid-19 UPDATE: Select provincial totals

Transport9 hours ago

Woman dresses as astronaut to show moon-like road condition

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

CCSA announces vaccination goals for October; 50% inoculated

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Phuket Covid-19: 235 daily infections, 238 hospital beds available

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Saturday Covid Update: 122 Deaths 14,109 new infections

Thailand1 day ago

Oct 1 reopening NOT confirmed, Kpop star sparks frenzy for Thai meatballs |Thailand News Today

Hua Hin1 day ago

Final arguments Tuesday on dual pricing suit against Health Ministry

World1 day ago

Texas lawyer dressed as Halloween’s Michael Myers to spread hurricane cheer

Thailand1 day ago

The Last Dance feat. Mike | Thaiger Bites | September 17

Thailand1 day ago

No “October reopening” plan has been approved – CCSA

Thailand1 day ago

Public Health Ministry defends October 1 reopening

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand4 days ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending