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Brazilian man arrested in Bangkok for cheque fraud

A Brazilian man has been arrested after trying to cash almost 16 million baht worth of cheques at a bank in Bangkok, Immigration police announced on Wednesday.

Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Natthorn Prosunthorn told reporters that Carlos Augusto Saenz Lopes De Meida was arrested at Citibank in Silom as he tried to cash 15,575,000 THB in cheques.

Brazillian arrestedPolice found him in possession of a fake Italian passport in the name of Mr Christian Lassen.

Police believe the Brazilian is a member of a gang who hacked Mr Lassen’s Bank of America bank account and transferred approximately 27 million baht from the account into a Citibank account set up by the gang.

The Brazilian man then visited Citibank and posed as Mr Lassen using the fake passport in order to try and cash the cheques but not before staff at the branch became suspicious and contacted police.

Officials from the Italian Embassy later confirmed the passport was counterfeit.

The Brazilian man was also found to be in possession of a further 5 counterfeit passports, 13 credit cards, 2 bank books and 2 mobile phones.

Thai media reports the Brazilian man later confessed his involvement in the crime.

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