CHIANGRAI TIMES – Police have arrested to sisters Ms. Worranuch Kanto and Ms. Siriphon Jittikronkul, in Nakhon Ratchasima Province on charges of selling fake gold, Mr. Suthep Ratkarnkanok and Ms. Patreeya Rattanamaneevet, two gold dealers in the province alerted the police after they noticed the gold they just bought was stuffed with unidentified substances.
Mr. Suthep told our correspondent that the false gold was made neatly and barely noticeable for its flaws. However, he decided to burn the gold in 3,000 degree celcius heat, and learned that the gold was not pure.
According to Mr. Suthep, the 4 gold bullions they purchased were worth approximately 5 million baht.
Upon receiving the complaints, police issued warrant and arrested Ms. Worranuch Kanto, 44 and Ms. Siriphon Jittikronkul, 41. The police then charged them for fraud, after both of them fail to testify clear information.
Mr. Chaichana Prapruettipong, Managing Director of Gold Dealers Association in Nakhon Ratchasima, said that the fraudulent gold might have been manufactured abroad and smuggled into the Kingdom.
He also urged dealers to be aware of this incident, and suggested gold trading to be made only with the licensed dealers, as the genuine gold would be listed with bar code and guarantee bill.
A police officer told our correspondent that it was fortunate that the Association organized training course for gold dealer to be aware of artificial gold, so many dealers were alerted prior to the incident. – Khaosod Online