A Nakhon Sawan man arrested for allegedly using fake 1,000-baht bills to buy a used computer now faces counterfeiting charges after police found more than 50,000 baht in funny money in his room.
Chaknarong Sornsoi, 26, was taken into custody at the Khwai Klang Muang Market on Thepprasit Road Sept. 14 after allegedly using four fake 1,000-baht bills to purchase a second-hand PC.
Shopkeeper Seri Sripramong said Chaknarong had passed him the bills in the store’s dark parking lot after he carried out the computer to the suspect’s motorbike. Once re-entering the store, Seri said he saw the bills were fake and was able to quickly detain Chaknarong before he fled.
Chaknarong Sornsoi said he thought his photocopied banknotes looked so real, he thought he could get away with spending them.
Searching his Soi Kophai apartment, police found 195 photocopied bank notes totaling 51,100 baht.
Police claim Chaknarong said he’d photocopied the currency at his friend’s house for fun, but thought the copies and real baht looked so similar he thought he could get away with spending it.
He claimed it was the first time he’d ever tried to pass fake currency, but police were skeptical.