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Yesterday Imran Haider, 30, was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport after being identified by police from CCTV images taken along the road from Karon to Patong in Phuket.
Haider exchanged counterfeit notes with a value of 1,400 dinar for 148,000 baht at a currency exchange booth on December 28th at a booth in Karon.
The staff said that on first examination the notes looked fine but on further inspection at the end of the day the realized they were counterfeit and immediately called the police, according to Karon Police Superintendent Weerawat Jantarawichit.
Col Weerawat said “we saw him enter a hotel and went there to investigate, staff at the hotel gave us his name and told us that he had already checked out”.
Once an arrest warrant was issued the Karon police contacted Phuket immigration who in turn contacted immigration officials at Suvarnabhumi airport at 10am. The officers discovered that Haider was in the airport and had checked in for the 11am flight to Pakistan. The officers then rushed to the departure gate and found the man. A search of his backpack revealed clothes very similar to those worn on the CCTV images.
The police presented the man with an arrest warrant, and although he acknowledged that he was named on the warrant he denied the charges. Col Weerwat said “he said that two Indian men gave him the money, he had photocopies of the first page of each man’s passport, we are now going to investigate those men”. Haider was taken back to Phuket to face charges of passing off counterfeit currency.
“Anyone who believes they have received counterfeit money should report it immediately to the Karon Pollice” Col Weerawat advised.