The Bangkok Post reports that police have arrested yet another person who they say has been passing himself off as a military officer and connected to what the report says are “highly placed people” and “the high institution.”
It is not clear who the alleged fraudster is claiming to be close to.
Whoever it is, it is yet another case of using the monarchy/royal family name for defrauding others or for enhancing personal wealth and power. Many of the cases over the past year or so have been people claiming real or concocted links to Prince Vajiralongkorn or Princess Sirindhorn.
Crime Suppression Division police arrested Patthapol Uttarat, 52, who is alleged to have “claimed he was a lieutenant-colonel attached to the Directorate of Joint Intelligence of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Command.” He will also be charged under Article 112 or the lese majeste.
What seems odd in this case is that it isn’t immediately clear how Patthapol was gaining much from the claims.
It seems he “had asked the [police and military] instructors to train 27 men he would bring to them. He said after completing police commando training the men would be assigned to provide security for ‘highly placed people’.” He’d collected just 600 baht from each of the 27 men.
Patthapol denied the charge. This is a lese majeste case that we’d like to hear much more about. As usual, however, we probably won’t.