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Two importers caught at coffee house when cars caught on fire. 548 luxury cars (Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys) part of customs tax evasion scam . 

Naruenart Kwansawas, left, and Thanant Kwansawas, allegedly linked to the luxury cars that went up in flames in Nakhon Ratchasima province last month, report to the Department of Special Investigation on Thursday. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)

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CRIME

Luxury car importers deny DSI charges

20 Jun 2013
King-oua Laohong

The cars burnt in Nakhon Ratchasima province have been transported to the Department of Special Investigation office in Bangkok for further inspection. (File photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

Two importers with alleged links to the four luxury cars that went up in flames on a transporter in Nakhon Ratchasima province on May 29 reported to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to hear charges of customs duty evasion on Thursday.

Naruenart Kwansawas, alias Sia Boy, and Thanant Kwansawas, were formally charged when they surrendered.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said there was sufficient evidence to prove a link between the two men and the four damaged and two undamaged imported cars on the transporter, which authorities say were part of a customs tax evasion scam. The vehicles included a Lamborghini, Ferraris and a Bentley.

The four charges against them are smuggling cars that have not passed customs clearance, falsely declaring the car type with intent to avoid paying the proper rate of tax, concealing the cars and selling them on, and transporting the cars without permission.

Mr Tarit said the DSI was still looking for another suspect - Natee Riewthong, alias Peh Kaenduan - who supervised the transportation of the cars that day from Bangkok to Si Sa Ket province, where they were to be registered.

The DSI was continuing to investigate the origins of 548 other luxury cars. Some of the owners have reported to the authorities for questioning, he said.

Pol Lt Col Wannapong Kotcharak, the DSI deputy chief, said the brothers, who were accompanied by a lawyer, denied the charges and said they would submit evidence related to the six cars to the DSI on June 28. it would substantiate their claim of innocence.

They were released on two million baht bail.

Pol Lt Col Korrawat Panprapakorn, director of the Bureau of Regional Operations Centre, said the two denied they knew Mr Natee or Ar-ngun Juengsaengmanee, owner of the truck transporting the cars to Si Sa Ket.

DSI officials were confident they had adequate evidence to take action against Mr Naruenart and Mr Thanant. They had witnesses and footage from a closed circuit camera in the area which had pictures of the two at a coffee house near the area where the fire broke out.

Mr Nathee is being sought under an arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Court on June 13. The warrant has been distributed to all police stations .

The fire on the luxury cars-transporter drew widespread attention and prompted the DSI and officials from the Customs, Excise and Transport ministries, and the Thai Industrial Standards Institute under the Industry Ministry, to dig deeper into other imported cars suspected of tax evasion.

The focus on expensive cars with price tags of four million baht or more has been expanded.

The agency on Tuesday said it had inspected 384 luxury cars and found 301 of them had been falsely declared as being locally reassembled, thereby evading customs duty.

(Source: Bangkok Post, CRIME, Luxury car importers deny DSI charges, 20 Jun 2013, King-oua Laohong, link


Car Smuggling Vocbulary

smuggling - secretly and illegally taking goods or people into or out of a country ลักลอบขนสินค้าหรือคนเข้าและออกจากประเทศอย่างผิดกฎหมาย
smuggling cars

luxury - the best and most expensive of something ที่หรูหรา
luxury cars
luxury car importers
luxury cars-transporter

deny - to not allow someone to have or do something ไม่ยอมรับ, ปฏิเสธ
charges - bring a criminal case against a person
deny charges - say that they did not do the crime

Luxury car importers deny DSI charges

alleged - claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
links - connections ความเชื่อมโยงกัน
alleged
links to

importers with alleged links to the four luxury cars

went up in flames - burned
transporter -
a large long truck used to move new cars to the place where they will be sold 

the four luxury cars that went up in flames on a transporter

customs - the government agency that checks goods entering the country and collects import taxes (tariffs) on them  
customs duty - the tax that people pay on goods they bring into or import into the country
customs tax - Same as "customs duty"

evasion
- avoiding (doing something you must do) การหลีกเลี่ยง
customs duty evasion

charges - crimes a person is accused by the police of committing
charges of customs duty evasion
formally charged

Two importers with alleged links to the four luxury cars that went up in flames on a transporter in Nakhon Ratchasima province on May 29 reported to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to hear charges of customs duty evasion on Thursday.

allegedly - claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
linked - connected เชื่อมโยง เกี่ยวกับ
allegedly linked

inspection - the act of looking closely at something or someone and to check that everything is as it should be; examination การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด การตรวจสอบตรวจตรา

surrendered - when someone who the police are searching for to arrest gives themselves to the police

Naruenart Kwansawas, alias Sia Boy, and Thanant Kwansawas, were formally charged when they surrendered.

sufficient - enough พอเพียง
evidence - facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
sufficient evidence

prove
- to show that something is true
link - to connect เชื่อม
prove a link between
sufficient
evidence to prove a link between the men and the cars

scam - a dishonest plan, especially for getting money กลโกง, แผนร้าย
a customs tax evasion scam.

authorities - government officials เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)
authorities say they were part of a customs tax evasion scam.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said there was sufficient evidence to prove a link between the two men and the four damaged and two undamaged imported cars on the transporter, which authorities say were part of a customs tax evasion scam.

vehicles - machines with an engine used to carry people or goods from place to place ยานพาหนะ
The vehicles included a Lamborghini, Ferraris and a Bentley.

clearance - official permission to go ahead, to continue (after a check that everything is ok)
customs clearance - passing through customs, getting your tthings looked at, paying tax, getting permission to enter country
pass customs clearance - getting permission to enter the country with your things

smuggling cars that have not passed customs clearance

falsely declaring the car type with intent to avoid paying the proper rate of tax

conceal -
hide
concealing the cars and selling them on

transporting the cars without permission

rate  - อัตรา
rate of tax

proper - actual or real จริง (พระราชพิธีพระราชทานเพลิงพระศพจริง)
the proper rate of tax

intent - your plan or purpose จุดประสงค์
intent to avoid paying the proper rate of tax

permission - allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
transporting the cars without permission

The four charges against them are smuggling cars that have not passed customs clearance, falsely declaring the car type with intent to avoid paying the proper rate of tax, concealing the cars and selling them on, and transporting the cars without permission.

suspect - a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
another suspect

supervised - overseen; watched over to ensure that things are done correctly อยู่ในการควบคุมดูแล
supervised the transportation of the cars

register - officially recorded with government (and given permission to operate) 
register car

Mr Tarit said the DSI was still looking for another suspect - Natee Riewthong, alias Peh Kaenduan - who supervised the transportation of the cars that day from Bangkok to Si Sa Ket province, where they were to be registered.

origins - the beginning or cause of something แหล่งกำเนิด
investigate the origins
investigate the origins of 548 other luxury cars

questioning - ask a person (suspect, witness) questions to solve a crime (to find out who did it)
reported to the authorities for questioning

The DSI was continuing to investigate the origins of 548 other luxury cars. Some of the owners have reported to the authorities for questioning, he said.

deputy - a person who is given the power to do something instead of another person, or the person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง, ตัวแทน,ผู้รักษาการแทน
deputy chief - the chief who is second in charge (after chief)
DSI deputy chief

accompanied - went with ติดตาม, ร่วมทาง, เดินทางไปด้วย
the suspects were accompanied by a lawyer

denied - said it was not true
denied the charges

submit - to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
submit evidence to the police

claim - saying something is true without proving it yet
innocence - the condition of not having done anything wrong or illegal ความบริสุทธิ์
a claim of innocence

substantiate - to prove something is true, to show that something is true by presenting evidence
substantiate a claim
substantiate their claim of innocence

Pol Lt Col Wannapong Kotcharak, the DSI deputy chief, said the brothers, who were accompanied by a lawyer, denied the charges and said they would submit evidence related to the six cars to the DSI on June 28. it would substantiate their claim of innocence.

bail - money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว (See Wikipedia)

released - let someone out of jail, let them go free
released on bail
They were released on two million baht bail.

Pol Lt Col Korrawat Panprapakorn, director of the Bureau of Regional Operations Centre, said the two denied they knew Mr Natee or Ar-ngun Juengsaengmanee, owner of the truck transporting the cars to Si Sa Ket.

confident - being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
confident they had adequate evidence to take action

adequate - good enough or large enough for a particular purpose พอเพียง
adequate evidence to take action

witnesses - a person who say an event, usually an accident or crime that they describe, an eyewitness
footage - a film or video of a particular subject or event การเสนอข่าวฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
witnesses and footage from a closed circuit camera in the area

fire broke out - fire starts burning
the two were at a coffee house near the area where the fire broke out.

DSI officials were confident they had adequate evidence to take action against Mr Naruenart and Mr Thanant. They had witnesses and footage from a closed circuit camera in the area which had pictures of the two at a coffee house near the area where the fire broke out.

an arrest warrant - official permission to arrest a person for a crime

issued - made available ออกใหม่
an arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Court

distributed - made available tomany people
distributed to all police stations

Mr Nathee is being sought under an arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Court on June 13. The warrant has been distributed to all police stations .

widespread - happening or existing in many places, or affecting many people อย่างแพร่หลาย
drew widespread attention

The fire on the luxury cars-transporter drew widespread attention

suspected - people believe that they might have done something wrong, but not yet proven เป็นที่สงสัย
imported cars suspected of tax evasion

prompted - caused
dig deeper into - investigate more, look at more closely
suspected of - think that they did something, did some crime

the fire prompted the police to dig deeper into other imported cars suspected of tax evasion.

The fire on the luxury cars-transporter drew widespread attention and prompted the DSI and officials from the Customs, Excise and Transport ministries, and the Thai Industrial Standards Institute under the Industry Ministry, to dig deeper into other imported cars suspected of tax evasion.

focus - the main thing it is concerned with ให้ความสำคัญ

The focus on expensive cars with price tags of four million baht or more has been expanded.

The agency on Tuesday said it had inspected 384 luxury cars and found 301 of them had been falsely declared as being locally reassembled, thereby evading customs duty.

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