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Police in Khon Kaen have busted part of a gang who they say is responsible for flooding the market with fake gold throughout the north eastern region.
Two people were arrested Thursday and paraded for reporters – they were Pumpui Chamnan, 31, of Chaiyaphum who is charged with selling the fake gold to shops in the Ban Pet area and Pakorn Khamleu 40, a native of Bangkok living in Ban Pet. Police say Pakorn was producing the fake items at a rented house in the area.
Most of the fake jewelry was actually genuine silver that was coated in pure gold. Gold shop owners in the area became suspicious after several similar items came into stores and detailed checks were made.
Ban Pet police found molds and various incriminating equipment at Pakorn’s house along with fake jewelry and 21 receipts from gold shops where the items would be sold on their behalf.
Pakorn was found to be wanted on three separate warrants for similar activities and is known to have changed his name three times. He is thought to have been operating in Sisaket, Sakon Nakorn, Mukdaharn, Khon Kaen as well as Ranong.
Police are expanding the investigation to arrest others who they say are involved in the scam.
Gold shop owners in the area who see suspicious items like those found are requested to contact police.