PATTAYA – A British National and two Romanian Nationals have been arrested in the City of Pattaya in Chon Buri Province for allegedly using fake ATM cards to withdraw money.
The arrest of the trio followed a tip-off by Siam Commercial Bank officials that the three foreigners were using counterfeit cards to withdraw money from ATM machines in the Pattaya area.
Police later seized a total of 43 counterfeit ATM cards, a magnetic card reader/writer, a notebook computer, as well as 0.45 grams of crystal meth from the men’s rented rooms.
The British suspect, identified as Terence Walters, 66, reportedly received a pension from the British government and has been a frequent visitor to Pattaya since 2007.
He was found to be living with a ladyboy who regularly supplied the foreigner with crystal meth, a smaller quantity of which was found in his rented apartment.
The two Romanians, aged 27 and 37, had reportedly entered Thailand only in April this year and were also found to be drug users.
Meanwhile, A Filipino and three Thais were caught using a fake credit card to buy duty-free goods worth over 700,000 baht as they were about to board a flight to Singapore at Suvarnabhumi airport on Monday.
The suspects — Leonardo Pajarillano Jnr, 39, a Filipino national; his Thai wife Rungrawee Chaopaknam, 37, and Preeyanut Chaopaknam, 23; and Natthanai Rakyoo, 23 – were later shown at a press conference at police headquarters on Tuesday.
Police seized from them a fake credit card, 21 smart phones and other brand-name products such as sunglasses, belts, and bags worth over 700,000 baht.