Kamnan Poh was treated at Samitivej
He did not arouse any suspicions for nine monthsFugitive and notorious criminal Somchai Khunpluem, who was wanted in high-profile murder and corruption cases, frequented the Samitivej Hospital's Srinakarin branch for nine months - surprisingly without arousing the suspicion of officials there. Contrary to normal practice, his familiar face has not appeared on his patient file there either.
After his arrest on Wednesday, it was revealed that Somchai had sought treatment at the hospital since April last year under the false name of Kim sae Tang. He also claimed he was 81 years old now. In fact, he was just 76.
His patient file there showed he lived in Soi Ua Suk in Bangkok's Suan Luang district. Tipsters, however, had alerted the Crime Suppression Bureau every now and then that Somchai was sighted in Chon Buri's Bang Saen area. According to the tip-off, he seemed to go out of his home in Bang Saen only when he needed to visit doctors.
"We got a tip-off that he visited doctors at Samitivej Hospital's Srinakarin branch and he travelled between his home and the hospital using a black van," a source at the bureau disclosed, "So, we kept close a watch on the Bangkok-Chon Buri motorway, especially the Latkrabang toll-collection gate".
Somchai or Kamnan Poh was caught at the gate on Wednesday, after having been on the run for about seven years.
His treatment records at Samitivej Hospital's Srinakarin branch showed he had sought treatment for symptoms related to his nerves, heart, gastrointestinal tracts and eyesight since April 22 last year.
The first time he arrived at the hospital, he was admitted as an inpatient. After that, he went in and out of this hospital several times. Sometimes, he visited as an outpatient but quite often he had been hospitalised for several days.
April 22-27, 2012: Hospitalised
May 6-12, 2012: Hospitalised
May 29, 2012: Visit to a doctor
June 6, 2012: Visit to a doctor
June 21, 2012: Visit to a doctor
July 4, 2012: Visit to a doctor
July 12 - 14, 2012: Hospitalised
July 19, 2012: Visit to a doctor
August 19, 2012: Visit to a doctor
Sept 15, 2012: Visit to a doctor
Sept 24, 2012: Visit to a doctor
Oct 5, 2012: Visit to a doctor
Oct 19, 2012: Visit to a doctor
Oct 21, 2012: Visit to a doctor
Nov 12, 2012: Visit to a doctor
Nov 26 - 29, 2012: Hospitalised
Dec 20, 2012: Visit to a doctor
Jan 2, 2013: Visit to a doctor
Jan 5, 2013: Visit to a doctor
Jan 30, 2013: Visit to a doctor:
After this visit, he was arrested.