Sattahip catches suspected swindlers, releases them with warning

Friday, 13 April 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 15 By  Patcharapol Panrak

Five Issan men who dressed up as Chinese lions and dragons allegedly to swindle Sattahip residents were taken into custody and released with only a warning.

Sattahip Mayor Narong Bunbancherdsri said Nara Aumngam-aaj, 28, and four unidentified partners told Sattahip police April 2 they’d traveled from Kalasin to cheat people out of their cash by performing Chinese-style dragon dances supposedly on behalf of legitimate charity fund-raising drives.

Five Issan men have been warned and released for allegedly faking endorsements from local foundations in an attempt to swindle money from charitable residents. Five Issan men have been warned and released for allegedly faking endorsements from local foundations in an attempt to swindle money from charitable residents.

Yet despite the supposed confession, which Narong said included an admission they’d falsified endorsements from local foundations, the men were simply told to stop cheating people and let go. Neither Sattahip officials nor police explained why.

Narong said his office had received numerous complaints about the dancers, who claimed to be performing on behalf of the Sawang Pratheepthummasathan, Sawang Mettathummsathan and Sawang Rojthummasathan foundations, which all were raising funds to make merit for people buried in local cemeteries without relatives.

Narong said Sattahip residents should know the foundations have not dispatched anyone to collect money on their behalf and only accepts donations to those that volunteer them.

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