AN assistant manager of an unidentified bank was arrested today (Feb. 4) for stealing 2 million baht from a client’s account last November, INN News said this morning,
An Economic Crime Suppression (ECS) police team arrested Mr. Pornchai (surname withheld), 52, from his house on Phutthamonthon Sai 3 Road, Thawi Watthana district, under a warrant issued by Thonburi Criminal Court on Feb. 2.
This followed representatives of this bank having filed a report with ECS police on Jan. 20 that 2 million baht had disappeared from the account of Mrs. Kamol (surname withheld), 80.
It was revealed that the victim had on Nov. 21, 2022 opened a savings account at this bank branch and obtained a debit card. She also withdrew some money to transfer to her son.
Pornchai, who had taken care of Mrs. Kamol, had brought two documents for her to sign with one being withdrawal of 2 million baht from the newly-opened account, police said.
He had then given the passbook and debit card to the victim with the 2 million baht missing.
Upon later realising that 2 million baht has disappeared from her account she complained to the bank that she had not withdrawn the money.
Pol. Col. Mekphisarn Sriphirom, ECS’s superintendent, said the suspect had used his position as assistant bank manager to win the client’s trust and seized the opportunity to steal the large sum of money.
Although the suspect denies the charges, investigation uncovered enough evidence to show that he did commit this crime which carries a heavy penalty and is linked to money laundering.
Moreover, initial inspection uncovered suspicious assets which indicate that the suspect had previously committed a similar crime.
The assistant bank manager being arrested and questioned today. Photos: INN News