BANGKOK – The Criminal Court in Bangkok has sentenced five Malaysian men to more than 500 years in prison each for using fake credit cards to pay for goods and withdraw cash throughout Thailand.
The five sentenced were Francis Xavier Arulappan, 35, Mageswaran Balakrishnan, 23, Velanraj Vallanrasen, 22, Gunalan Kumaresan, 25, and Kartik Sinansamy, 25.
Public prosecutors filed the case with the court on July 21 this year.
The five Malaysians used computerized equipment to make 705 fake credit cards from April 2 to April 26, 2009.
The fake cards were linked to real credit card accounts with commercial banks in countries such as France, Italy, Canada and Denmark.
The thieves used the fake cards 142 times in many provinces, including Krabi, Trang and Songkhla, to withdraw a total of 500,000 baht in cash. Crime Suppression Division police arrested the five men in April this year.
The Criminal Court sentenced each of the five to a total 568 years in jail (four years for each of the 142 offenses). Their confessions convinced the court to halve their jail terms to 284 years.
The court finally capped their imprisonment period at 50 years in accordance with Thai law. It also ordered that they repay the 500,000 baht to the damaged banks.