THE COMPANY that won a lucky vehicle licence plate number at an auction on Saturday with record-breaking 45.09 million baht bid now faces investigation for money laundering, TV Channel 7 said this afternoon (Dec. 12).
Pol. Lt. Gen. Santi Chainiramai, chief of Technology Crime Suppression Division, said it was the well-known Facebook page “Sai Mai Tong Rod” that cast suspicion about the bid winner, questioning whether the owner of a gambling website had turned to collecting licence plates instead.
He revealed that Mr. Tanthai Narongkul, who represented Titan Capital Group Holding that won the bid for “9 Kor Kor 9999” licence plate at the auction, had previously faced charges over online gambling and money laundering.
However the prosecutor decided to drop the case against him. Police then appealed to the Attorney-General who likewise decided against prosecuting with this ending the criminal case.
Police then pursued a civil case against the suspect and on August 16 this year the Civil Court ordered the seizure of assets of those involved in this network including luxury vehicles, a condo title deed, bank deposits and digital assets worth 176.127 million baht.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Santi thanked this Facebook page for highlighting the issue with the police now in cooperation with the Department of Land Transport to investigate whether the large sum of money used to win the bid for this lucky licence plate is linked to money laundering or not.
If a link is found then legal action will be taken.
The lucky vehicle licence plate number “9 Kor Kor 9999” auctioned on Saturday. Photo: Thai Rath