Three Bangkok residents were arrested for a failed scheme to pass 1.2 million baht in fake U.S. currency in Pattaya.
Kwanruthai Jutakanon, 37, and Sangwan Sujan, 51, were captured by tourist police fleeing from the TT Currency Exchange’s Taveetuntavorn branch on Second Road Nov. 24. In their possession were 398 counterfeit $100 bills.
Inspecting the suspects’ telephones, they discovered the pair obtained the funny money from Thanakrit Parenoy, 55, in Bangkok. Police there arrested him.
Currency-exchange shop clerk Kanungnart Rithrun, 37, said she was instantly suspicious when suspects wanted to over a million baht worth of American banknotes. But once she touched the slick paper, she said she knew the bills were fake and called the tourist police.