Imagine an individual named Chulathipok Palakawong Na Ayutthaya, a 29-year-old man who found himself handcuffed and under arrest at the bustling Suvarnabhumi airport. He had just returned from Myanmar on an ordinary Thursday that swiftly turned into anything but ordinary. The reason? Allegations of fraud and the crafty forging of official documents had landed Mr. Palakawong Na Ayutthaya in hot water. This news was confirmed by the police on the following day.
As it turns out, May 31 was a significant day for the youthful Mr. Palakawong Na Ayutthaya. Why you ask? Well, that’s when the Criminal Court had issued an arrest warrant for him. And these weren’t simple charges he was facing. The charges mounted against him included the falsification of an official document, the illicit use of the said forged document, and the alleged act of defrauding unsuspecting individuals.
Digging deeper into the story, the police revealed that Mr. Palakawong Na Ayutthaya, in a rather crafty maneuver, disguised himself as an official from the illustrious Bureau of the Royal Household. He used this perceived authority to contact various reputable restaurants, securing bookings for VIPs over the period of 2021 to 2023.
Now, where did the fraud come into play? As many as fifteen businesses got entangled in this web of deception. The cunning Mr. Palakawong Na Ayutthaya allegedly charged these businesses for invented expenses such as pins and photos. The financial impact was far from minimal— police estimated the total damage at nearly one million baht.
Realizing the dangerous ground he was treading on, Mr. Palakawong Na Ayutthaya decided to seek refuge in Myanmar. However, complaints about his fraudulent actions were swiftly lodged with the police by the deceived businesses. Acting on information relayed to them by Myanmar officials about his impending return, the police set up a welcoming committee for him at Suvarnabhumi airport.
Upon his arrest, the police questioned the suspect. Mr. Palakawong Na Ayutthaya admitted to impersonating an official from the Bureau of the Royal Household but was adamant that he hadn’t accepted any illicit money. To add to the drama, it was revealed that Mr. Palakawong Na Ayutthaya already had three arrest warrants on charges eerily similar to those currently facing— and thus the net tightened around Chulathipok Palakawong Na Ayutthaya.