CHON BURI – An Omani national Khalid Mohomed Saif has been briefly detained by the police in Pattaya after he attempted to exchange a counterfeit US dollar banknote to Thai baht.
The police were alerted by a clerk at Bank of Ayuddhaya Currency Exchange Unit in the seaside town when the clerk discovered that one of the four US banknotes the man would like to exchange was fake.
Mr. Saif, 39, later told the police he had acquired the banknotes from Dubai and was not aware that one of the banknotes was a counterfeit.
After conducting a search in Mr. Saif′s room, the police found no suspicious item, and concluded that it was not Mr. Saif′s intention to use the false banknote, while the bank similarly did not pursue any allegation against him. Mr. Saif was eventually released without any charge.
A police captain in Pattaya said Mr. Saif′s fake money was obtained here in Thailand, and would like to assure visitors there is no known problem of counterfeit US dollars in Pattaya at the moment.