RAYONG – Buyers of second-hand cars should carefully check all documents for authenticity, police have warned after busting a gang selling bogus papers and license plates.
Atthaporn Suriyalert, a Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) deputy superintendent, issued the warning a day after city and Bang Chan police arrested four people with counterfeit documents in Kannayao district.
They apprehended Apidet Sitthiporn at a petrol station on Friday after receiving a tip-off that a gang was selling fake Land Transport Department documents online at www.black-m.com.
Police posing as prospective car buyers contacted the group about buying a full set of documents from a licence plate to a fake tax payment badge for 27,000 baht and made an appointment to take delivery at the station.
After Mr Apidet handed them the order, he was immediately arrested. Three accomplices subsequently were arrested at an apartment in the Ua-arthon estate in Sai Mai district. They were Pratheep Sarnsiri, Naris Nhanphosri and his wife, Nisakorn Kaewsri-ngam.
The police found a notebook computer, a printer, six fake registration plates, 15 real ones with no plate numbers, 145 fake driver’s licences, 56 fake car registration books and 237 tax verification badges. The total haul was estimated to be worth at least one million baht.
The four were charged with producing fake official documents, Pol Lt Col Atthaporn said.
Police said Mr Naris and Mrs Nisakorn confessed that they charged 3,000 baht for a fake tax payment badge, 10,000 baht for a licence plate, 15,000 baht for a registration book and 3,000 baht for a driver’s licence.
All of the fake documents were used by buyers of stolen cars, they added.
The police also found a number of unused, genuine car registration books and licence plates issued by the department during the raid.
Pol Lt Col Atthaporn said officers were investigating how the official books and plates were slipped out of the department.
Police suspected that the buyers sold the stolen cars to buyers after they had all the fake documents in hand.