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A skilled forger was caught Wednesday with fake banknotes and lottery tickets. His excuse: the floods ruined his legal printing business. 

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Sathien Saisil, 51, with fake Thai banknotes police say he produced. SURAPOL PROMSAKA NA SAKOLNAKON


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Printing money

Last years’ floods caused many businesses to make adjustments, but moving from printing receipts and stickers to counterfeit money seems a bit extreme.

It is also illegal. On Wednesday Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police arrested Sathien Saisil, 50, at a shop on Vacharapol Road in the Tha Raeng area of Bang Khen.

He was caught red-handed with fake banknotes and lottery tickets. The officers also seized three printing presses, one paper-cutting machine, 100 banknote plates, 75 lottery ticket plates, 12 fake 1,000-baht banknotes and 114 fake 100-yuan Chinese banknotes.

Some of the printing equipment seized by police. SURAPOL PROMSAKA NA SAKOLNAKON


They also found 530 fake lottery tickets, 301 fake car tax stickers and a forged Israeli passport.

This is not the first time Mr Satien has been arrested for counterfeiting.

The CSD said its officers and the US Secret Service earlier arrested Sathien for making counterfeit US banknotes, on June 3, 2004. He served three years in jail for the crime.

Police said Sathien yesterday confessed to running the counterfeit operation.

He told police his factory initially printed receipts and stickers, but the effects of last year’s floods on his business forced him to resort to forgery.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Wassayos  Ngarmkham.

fake – made to look like something real in order to trick people ที่ทำปลอม
banknote
– paper money ธนบัตร
adjustment
– a change in something that makes it better, more accurate, or more effective การปรับเปลี่ยน
receipt – a piece of paper which proves that money, goods or information have been received ใบเสร็จ, ใบรับ
counterfeit – illegal copies of something made in order to trick people  ของปลอม
extreme – much more severe or serious than usual ที่ร้ายแรงมาก, ที่รุนแรงที่สุด
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity  การปราบปราม
arrest – (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
catch red-handed – to catch somebody in the act of doing something wrong or committing a crime  จับได้ขณะกระทำผิด
seize
– to take something using official power ยึด
plate – a flat piece of metal with some information, design, etc. on it, in this case used in the printing process แผ่นโลหะ
forge – to make illegal copies of something valuable, especially in order to earn money ปลอมแปลง
forgery – the crime of making illegal copies of something valuable, especially in order to earn money การปลอมแปลง
confess – to admit that you have committed a crime  สารภาพผิด
operation – an activity which is planned to achieve something การดำเนินการ
initially – at first ในเบื้องต้น
resort to –to do something that you do not want to do because you cannot find any other way of achieving something หันมาใช้

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