Thailand & Pattaya LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (9 February 2023)
Bank employee & husband charged with 36 million baht bank scam
Dumb and dumber perhaps, as a former bank employee, along with her husband, has been arrested in the capital, charged with conning account holders out of some 36 million baht, seeing the public , once again, wondering how, with all the theft prevention programs in place, a single employee could operate a long term scam on their own without attracting attention. The 33 year old woman had previously had a warrant issued for her arrest after cashiers cheques were banked, to the tune of 36.2 million by business customers repaying outstanding loans. Trouble was that the funds never hit the bank accounts and, this is where it gets dumber, the money instead appeared in the bank employee’s husband’s account.
Nationwide clampdown on taxi services
Nationwide, a clamp down on private hire vehicles touting for taxi business on the street has seen many fined and others listed for investigation. On Phuket Police are reviewing claims that Non thais are operating as drivers, which is illegal as taxi driving is a protected occupation and for Thais only, meanwhile in Pattaya, private hire drivers were yesterday being ticketed with the promise of up to 2K baht fines after local taxi complained that their incomes had been slashed, as phone apps undercut them.
Bangkok police officer under investigation for involvement in online gambling site
An investigation into claims that a senior Bangkok police officer was or IS involved in the running of an online gambling platform has, according to the national police chief for Thailand, left him stunned. He told the press that a full and clear investigation IS underway amid other claims that the accused had arranged for beatings given to so-called competitors.
Bid to strip senators of power to elect PM adjourned due to lack of a quorum
Without sufficient numbers of politicians attending parliament yesterday to make up a quorum, the parliamentary president was forced to adjourn an attempt to amend the constitution, which woud have seen the senate stripped of its duty to elect a PM, in favour of the ruling party chasing its own. With an election looming, attendance may have been low due to various reasons, however without the change, the senate would or will retain that authority after national voting which is expected in or before May this year.
Clampdown on unpaid traffic tickets
So, you don’t pay your traffic tickets – good luck with that as the Royal Thai Police has informed the public that from April 1, those with outstanding fines WON’T be able to renew their vehicle tax. That in itself may not bother a few but when you take into account that failure to renew two years in succession sees the registration number withdrawn from a vehicle, it’s better to pay for sure.
Sergeant Major suspended following vape extortion investigation
The traffic cop, a Sergeant Major, accused of extorting 30K baht from a Chinese who was vaping with an e-cigarette, has been temporarily suspended from duty as an enquiry here is underway. With those investigating now believing there is sufficient evidence to support the claim, his suspension has seen Pattaya police reminded that turning off body cams is against the rules AND that footage must be kept for at least 20 days.
Burapa Bike week starts today
Burapa bike week kicks off today and car parks are already filling with fans of music, coming from two stages, bikes, memorabilia and fun for all. Around the city you will for sure see large groups of leather clad riders, as numerous support events have been organised and all are, or will be heading to the sport stadium on Soi Chaiyapruk 2 for the 3 PLUS days event.
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