Accused Internet fraudster caught minutes before fleeing Thailand by air

Friday, 20 December 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By  Boonlua Chatree

A transvestite accused of using the Internet to bilk about 50 people out of 2 million baht was arrested by Pattaya police just minutes before he nearly escaped to South Korea.

Phech Hotarat, 32, was pulled out of a departure line at Suvarnabhumi International Airport Dec. 14 and immediately charged with check fraud.

Phech Hotarat almost made it out of the country before being caught and charged with fraud.Phech Hotarat almost made it out of the country before being caught and charged with fraud.

Police allege that the Nong Khai native had set up a website to sell airline tickets for prices ranging from 5,000-200,000 baht. Not a registered travel agent, the woman-of-the-second-category was incapable of delivering the tickets.

About 50 people complained to police and in excess of 20 arrest warrants were issued for Phech. Police said he admitted he was fleeing the country when caught.

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