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Two arrested for printing fake Bt1,000 notes after big spending spree

Bangkok police have arrested a man and a woman for using fake banknotes - for which he hired a printing house - to buy cellphones from online shops.

After their arrest at a Nonthaburi condominium earlier, Pakhawat Siriratlekha, 27, and his alleged accomplice, Jitra Ratchakhom, 19, were presented at a press conference yesterday along with the Bt700,000 in fake banknotes, two i-Pad mini devices and three cellphones.

The duo reportedly confessed to hiring the printing house in the Phra Khanong area to print 1,000 Bt1,000 notes worth Bt1 million in total, for which the printer charged them Bt4,500, said Metropolitan Police Division 2 commander Maj-General Suranit Phrombutr.

The duo had spent Bt300,000 of the money when they were arrested, he added.

The printing-shop owner reportedly told police that Pakhawat had told him the

banknotes would be used as wallpaper.

Pakhawat was also wanted for allegedly duping people to buy cheap i-Phones and Carbon Kevlar autoparts.


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