A former Pattaya City Council chairman rewarded Nongprue police 50,000 baht for catching a fugitive convicted of writing him bad checks.
Banlue Kullavanijaya presented the cash to Nongprue police chief Pol. Col. Chiddecha Songhong, June 15, with instructions to distribute it to police who worked on the case of Krittichai Kumkaew, 54, who was had been on the run since February from a conviction for failing to pay more than 3.2 million baht to cover bad checks he wrote for alcohol at Banlue’s Kitti Taveechai grocery store in Naklua.
Krittichai, captured while hiding at a construction workers camp in Lopburi, repeatedly had ordered booze from the warehouse seller, but paid with checks that bounced.
When the debt piled up to 3.25 million baht, Banlue had Krittichai arrested. The court convicted him and ordered Krittichai to pay back the debt plus 7.5 percent interest. Rather than pay, Krittichai fled.
An arrest warrant was issued in February and a reward was offered for his capture.