Under the weight of a 48,000 baht debt, a 45-year-old Thai woman was driven to extremes, engineering a sham theft drama and mounting a false police report in an adventurous bid to evade payment. This truth unmasking account went down yesterday, October 18, where she reported the hoax scenario to officials at Mueang Trat Police Station in the serene east Thailand province of Trat, over the phone.
Her compelling narrative went on to present an elaborate mise en scène involving four nameless criminals and a numberless pickup vehicle. According to her, she was cruising along the secluded Baan Kaeng Prai Road when the rogue pickup intercepted her way, leaving her with no possible escape. Two thugs then disembarked from the sinister vehicle and demanded her to relinquish her money.
Her voice laden with falsehood and concealed fear, the woman spun her tale, painting a vivid picture of her supposed plight. Describing herself as a lone, vulnerable woman, put up against a fearsome quartet, she recounted how she had no choice but to yield to the bandits and surrender the 48,000 baht.
The plot thickened as she claimed to have an exceptional memory of every miscreant involved in the heist. She provided meticulous details of their physical attributes, including height, hairstyle and general physique. Additionally, she informed the police that the thieves had fled the scene post haste, escaping to the tranquil Khao Saming district in Trat province.
Raising eyebrows among the investigators, her uncanny ability to recall such minor details, despite her claimed solitary and terrifying experience, sparked skepticism. The official intriguingly dived into conducting a reenactment of the scam theft with the woman at the supposed crime scene, while a separate team poured over security camera footages based on her anamnesis.
As the ins and outs of the case began to unravel, the accused’s nephew was pulled into the fray. Upon interacting with him, the detectives discovered that prior to the alleged robbery, the woman, the owner of a travel agency, had communicated news of misfortune, reporting a theft of 48,000 baht.
The prognosis looped around her entrepreneurial venture—she had taken advance payments of 3,000 baht each from her customers for a trip to the beautiful Phetchabun province. This planned excursion was pegged for today, October 19, only a day after the imaginable theft.
With this revelation, the authorities’ suspicion only balloomed. Their relentless investigation led to the woman ultimately confessing to fabricating the entire theft. She was cornered by her debt, having exhausted her reserves to service the debt, and being unable to muster funds for the impending trip. Her play was to use the false report to dodge this predicament.
The law was swift in its response—the woman was arrested and slapped with charges relating to reporting a bogus police complaint. This act could potentially saddle her with a two-year prison sentence, a penalty amounting to a hefty 40,000 baht, or possibly both. Stay tuned for more eye-opening stories like this on our new Facebook page HERE.