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A gang of Serbians have been arrested for selling fake gold to shops in the Banglampu area of the capital.
When a gold shop owner realized she had been conned of 45,000 baht she contacted her association on the Line application and police were soon onto the gang, reported Daily News.
The gang told Chana Songkram police that they heard the price of gold was good in Thailand and claimed they had no idea what they were selling was fake.
Alexander Despotovich, 40, his wife Vera, 39, and Boris Kusmanowski, 32, were paraded for the press yesterday along with 19 fake necklaces and two bangles.
Sudarat Ongsritrakun, the owner of the Eng Hua Heng gold shop in Jakraphong Road said that Boris had come into her shop to sell a gold item. It was examined and deemed to be gold and 45,000 baht was paid for it.
Later when it was being smelted it was found to be gold on the outside but silver within. Sudarat contacted the Gold Traders’ association on the Line application with a picture of Boris taken from her CCTV.
He was found to be at another shop repeating the trick and police soon arrested the entire gang.
They said through an interpreter that they had heard that the price of gold was high in Thailand and decided to make money by bringing gold to sell here. They denied they knew that the gold was fake.
They were all arrested on fraud charges and detained.