Briton, two Romanians arrested for using fake ATM cards
A Briton and two Romanians have been arrested in Pattaya for having allegedly using fake ATM cards to withdraw money at ATM machines in the seaside town.
The suspects were identified as Terence Walters, 66, Florin Podaru, 27 and Bogdan Mihai Taralunga, 37. Their arrest was announced at the Provincial Police Bureau 2 by the bureau chief, Pol Lt Gen Thanet Pinmueng-ngarm.
Displayed along with the suspects at the press conference were many items of evidence, including 43 fake ATM cards, a magnetic card reader/writer, a notebook computer, and 0.45 grams of crystal methamphetamine.
Thanet said Chon Buri police planned the arrest after they were informed by the Pattaya branch of the Siam Commercial Bank that some foreigners had been using fake cards to draw cash from ATM machines in Pattaya.
Thanet said police staked out at several ATM machines and spotted the three at an ATM machine on Soi Pornprapha Nimit 13.
After arresting them, police found more fake cards and other evidences at their rented rooms.
Police found that they withdrew cash from accounts of foreigners. Their alleged accomplices abroad supplied them fake cards and information for writing on the fake cards.
Thanet said Thai police will alert the Interpol to try to arrest the remaining gang members.
Police have also arrested a lady boy, Nirand Ranwichai, a woman, Rungthiwa Sinchai, and a man Thienchai Simaksuk, for having allegedly sold crystal meth to the three foreigners.
Nirand who lives with Walters bought the drug for him, Thanet said.
Thanet said Walters have been visiting Thailand frequently since 2007 and has been living on retire money from the British government while the two Romanians entered Thailand in April this year.