The suspicions were raised by lawyer Songkan Atchariyasap, chairman of the Network Against Acts that Destroy the Kingdom, Religion and Monarchy, who took Ms Monta’s five former employees, who accused their boss of lodging false theft complaints against them, to testify at the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) on Friday.
The employees are Praphawan Jaikla, her parents Chukiat and Prapaporn, Jantana Kotkongthai and Sukanya Sirimuang.
Mr Songkan told police that driver Soonthorn Khanhin, or Ko, was someone Ms Monta deeply trusted and he always followed his boss everywhere. His name was later listed on the registration of Ms Monta’s residence in Chatuchak district.
The driver went missing in 2012 and Ms Monta allegedly told her employees that police had arrested him, Mr Songkan said, adding Ms Jantana gave this information, citing other employees.
Authorities were contacted to re-verify the home’s registration, but discovered that the driver’s name was withdrawn on March 19, 2012. The whereabouts of the driver remain unknown.
According to Mr Songkan, Ko's older brother and a local villager will lodge a complaint about the driver’s disappearance with the MPB on Monday.
Another suspicious case involves the disappearance of a millionairess in Udon Thani. Ms Monta allegedly claimed to be the daughter of the millionairess’ ex-husband and asked to buy an eight-rai plot of land from her in 2003 to develop a condominium project, the lawyer said.
It is alleged the millionairess then went missing after going out with Ms Monta, he said.
The land plot was found to have been transferred to Ms Monta under her old name, Wantanee Yokwiriyakul, Mr Songkan said.
Deputy national police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen said yesterday the new information given by Mr Songkran will be considered by police for further investigation.
He said that acting MPB chief Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn had set up a panel to examine the investigation’s progress and the outcome should be known within one week.
Officers found to have mishandled the case will face disciplinary and legal action, he said.
Police charged Ms Monta with making false complaints to police, human trafficking and insulting the royal institution.
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