The woman was approached at her home in the Taling Chan area of Bangkok for questioning late on Saturday night (Jan 13) and was identified only as Pawina, 30. Police suspect she used the ID card of Nicha Kiartthanapaiboon, 24, to open bank accounts for the gang.
Ms Nicha, who insists she is an innocent victim, spent three days behind bars after she was detained and denied bail by local police in Tak province although she had reported herself to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD).
According to the source, Pawina admitted using Ms Nicha’s ID card to open five bank accounts for the gang. She complained she was paid B4,000 even though the person hiring her to do the illegal job promised to give her B10,000.
According to her, the person who hired her was a foreigner identified only as Simon.
Meanwhile, a source said police have detained an African man, known only as “Simon”, who used an ATM to withdraw money from the accounts opened by Pawina.
Col Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, confirmed that Pawina is in police custody but said she was not being treated as a suspect just yet, as the police do not have sufficient evidence to support a request for an arrest warrant.
Ms Nicha said she appreciates progress being made in the investigation and believes the truth about her being innocent, not a suspect, will become clear before long. In response to reports that she had contacted a group of suspects by phone recently, she said this misunderstanding stems from the fact her stolen ID card was also used to register four new mobile phone numbers in the Bang Yai area.
As for reports she had repeatedly applied for new ID cards, she said he had done so three times, once in 2014 and twice last year, she said, adding she didn’t file a complaint over the lost ID cards.
And in response to doubts reportedly raised over more than B6 million of money circulating in her real bank accounts, she said the money belongs to her family. The money had been kept in her accounts since she was 18 years old.
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