A woman trying to bribe her boyfriend out of a drug arrest lost the payout in a scam hatched by a man later arrested for impersonating a police officer.
Narinaj Mongkolchat, 27, was jailed for both fraud and pretending to be a cop in the Oct. 31 incident at Soi 11 and Second Road.
Pimnapas Khophanklang, 23, complained to police that Narinaj had told her he was a Pattaya police officer who could free her 28-year-old boyfriend, who had just been arrested on drug charges. She paid him 4,500 baht and was told to wait about 20 minutes for him to return with her methamphetamine-addicted lover. He never did.
Narinaj Mongkolchat has been arrested for fraud and impersonating a police officer.
Police caught up with Narinaj and alleged accomplice Bangorn Kiewsri, 29, near Soi Bongkot. Narinaj, a day laborer before admittedly taking up a career as a scam artist, tried to elicit sympathy from investigators saying he needed the money to help his parents in flood-ravaged Pathum Thani. The real police weren’t buying the fake copper’s story and threw him and his girlfriend in jail pending further investigation.