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Indian man who borrowed 800,000 baht from friend for retirement extension held on fraud charges

An Indian man who borrowed 800,000 baht from a friend and then fled has been arrested in Phuket on fraud charges.

Rajeshwari Mani, 59, borrowed the money from a friend in Roi Et in order to meet the financial requirements for a retirement extension.

He told his friend he would keep the money in his bank for two months and then return it once his retirement extension had been granted.

However, Mani fled Roi Et with the money in his account and could not be contacted.

The victim then reported the matter to police in Kaset Wisai, Roi Et.

Police traced Mani to Buri Ram and Samut Prakan but he still managed to evade arrest.

After tracking the location of Mani’s phone, they suspected he was about to board a flight from Survanabhumbi.

However, on Friday the police received information that Mani was at Phuket airport and swooped just moments before he was due to board a flight to New Delhi. 

Police said it took four days from the crime being reported to Mani being arrested, who is now being held on charges related to fraud.

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