More surprises in Ying Kai case (Updated)

More surprises in Ying Kai case (Updated)

Montha Yokrattanakan, known as Ying Kai, took reporters into her home office yesterday where she showed them the various passports she had used to travel over the years. WICHAN CHAROENKIATPAKUL
Montha Yokrattanakan, known as Ying Kai, took reporters into her home office yesterday where she showed them the various passports she had used to travel over the years. WICHAN CHAROENKIATPAKUL

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed the official passport of "Ying Kai", a woman suspected of lodging false complaints against her former employees, was issued following a request by the Prime Minister's Office.

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Tuesday update

Ying Kai's state passport 'dates from Yingluck era'

Prangthong Jitcharoenkul

Wassayos Ngamkham

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed the official passport of "Ying Kai", a woman suspected of lodging false complaints against her former employees, was issued following a request by the Prime Minister's Office.

A probe found she held an official passport when she worked under the secretary of the minister of the Prime Minister's Office under the Yingluck Shinawatra government, said Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

Montha Yokrattanakan, 56, known as Ying Kai, has made headlines after she was accused by her former housekeepers of lodging false theft complaints against them.

Police found Ms Montha used both regular and official passports to travel.

Mr Don said Monday the Department of Consular Affairs issued an official passport to Ms Montha upon a request by the PM's Office in 2014. The passport expired on March 22 this year.

Ms Montha worked as part of a team under Sathien Viponmaha, secretary of PM's Office Minister Santi Prompat.

Meanwhile, national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda is zeroing in on officers associated with Ms Montha.

Pol Gen Chakthip said as for reports that some officers were behind Ms Montha's claims, an investigation will be carried out, he said.

Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) commissioner Thitirat Nongharnphithak said the CIB and the Metropolitan Police Bureau are working on the case, and the outcome should be known by next week.

Yesterday, investigators examined Ms Montha's condominium to recreate the incident when Ms Praphawan and her parents allegedly stole the valuables.

Based on CCTV footage capturing Ms Praphawan's family at the condominium, the family did not have enough time to break into Ms Montha's room to steal the valuables, according to CSD deputy chief Chakrit Sawasdee.

Referring to Ms Montha's complaint that 400 baht weight in gold bars and three million baht in cash disappeared, Pol Col Chakrit said that amount of valuables was likely to weigh more than 10kg and it was unlikely the family members were able to carry the bags containing these items.

Ms Montha swears her innocence before the Buddha statue in her condominium, as she led the media to inspect the apartment Monday. She claimed her employees stole valuables worth more than 10 million baht from her. WICHAN CHAROENKIATPAKUL

Ms Montha led the media to her condominium on Monday. She said Ms Praphawan fled the condo through the fire exit, asking why she had done so if she was innocent.

Also on Monday, three women in Chiang Mai's Mae La Noi district petitioned the Department of Special Investigation in the province to take legal action against Ms Montha.

According to the petition, sent by the assistant chief of Mae Sariang district, the women said Ms Montha persuaded them to work as maids, promising a salary of 7,000 baht and to sponsor their studies. After they took the jobs, they were denied studies and payment.

One of them returned home but Ms Montha demanded her family pay 30,000 baht, which they did for fear that she would be jailed.

Montha 'Ying Kai' Yokrattanakan, 56, is under investigation for lodging false complaints, and it has emerged she has travelled abroad on an illegal o

Monday's story

CSD probes con-game suspect's passports

Wassayos Ngamkham

The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) is launching an investigation to find officials who helped "Ying Kai", a woman suspected of lodging false complaints against her former employees, obtain an official state passport.

CSD deputy chief Chakrit Sawasdee said Sunday the initial investigation found Montha Yokrattanakan, 56, known as Ying Kai, used both regular and official passports to travel to several countries including China, Myanmar, Laos and Japan.

Pol Col Chakrit said the CSD sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry's Department of Consular Affairs, asking who was responsible for issuing Ms Montha's official passport and which documents were submitted. Officials found to have been involved will be summoned by police, he said.

Lawyer Songkan Atchariyasap (left) is pictured on July 1 with Praphawan Jaikla, 19 (right) and her mother at the Crime Suppression Division on Bang Khen Road in Bangkok.

On June 21, Praphawan Jaikla, 19, and her parents, accompanied by lawyer Songkan Atchariyasap, chairman of the Network Against Acts that Destroy Kingdom, Religion and Monarchy, submitted a petition with the CSD against Ms Montha.

Ms Praphawan said that after she turned down a job Ms Montha offered in Hong Kong, Ms Montha filed a complaint with Pracha Chuen police, accusing her and her family of stealing valuables worth more than 10 million baht while they worked at Ms Montha's home in Chatuchak on March 18 last year. Ms Praphawan denied the allegation.

Other people who claimed to have experienced similar treatment also have lodged complaints with the CSD against Ms Montha.

At least five former employees have faced similar complaints from Ms Montha. One was jailed for one-and-a-half years. Ms Montha has denied fabricating complaints against former staff.

Pol Col Chakrit said the Pracha Chuen police overseeing Ms Montha's cases against her former employees would testify with CSD authorities today, adding the CSD was in the process of questioning all victims and witnesses and gathering evidence.
The probe found that of the three Pracha Chuen police investigators overseeing Ms Montha's cases, two remained at the station while another had been transferred to Tha Kham station, a source said.

The official passport is for people travelling on official state business, and police believe Ms Montha must have got hers through an influential person.

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Vocabulary

  • accompanied by: to happen or exist while something else is happening -
  • accuse: to say that someone has done something wrong or committed a crime - กล่าวหา
  • act: an action - การกระทำ
  • allegation: an accusation; a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • allegedly: claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
  • associated with: connected with in some way - ที่เชื่อมโยงกัน
  • bar: a long straight piece of metal or wood - ท่อน
  • case: a matter that is being officially investigated or heard by a court - คดี
  • cash: money - เงินสด
  • Central Investigation Bureau: a national police agency coordinating and assisting the work of provincial and city police components. - กองบัญชาการตำรวจสอบสวนกลาง
  • chairman: the person in charge of a committee, a company, etc - ประธาน
  • chief: a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ
  • claim (noun): saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
  • commissioner: the head of a particular police force in some countries - ผู้ตรวจการณ์
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน
  • con-game (noun): an attempt to cheat someone - การหลอกลวง, ความพยายามที่จะโกง
  • consular: involving government officials who represent their country in a foreign city - เกี่ยวกับกงสุล
  • Crime Suppression Division (CSD): a national police department responsible for conducting most of the technical investigations of criminal offenses - กองบังคับการปราบปราม
  • denied: a refusal to allow somebody to have something - ปฎิเสธ, ไม่ยอมรับ
  • denied (verb): said that something is not true or did not happen - ปฏิเสธ
  • Department of Special Investigation: DSI; a police department investigating serious crimes involving influential people, organised crime, or crimes using highly sophisticated technology - กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • disappear: to move something or someone somewhere where they can no longer be seen - หายไป, สาบสูญ, สูญหาย
  • documents (noun): papers or sets of papers with written or printed information, especially of an official type - เอกสาร
  • emerge: to become known - เป็นที่ประจักษ์ต่อ
  • employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง
  • evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
  • expire: to come to an end or stop being in use - หมดอายุ
  • fabricate: to invent or produce something false in order to deceive - สร้างข้อมูลหรือเรื่องราวที่ไม่เป็นความจริง
  • fled (past of flee): escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there - หนีไป
  • footage: film or video of a particular subject or event - ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
  • foreign minister: the minister in charge of maintaining relations with other countries and looking after the interests of its citizens living abroad who heads the Foreign Ministry or - รัฐมนตรีว่าการต่างประเทศ
  • Foreign Ministry (noun): Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the ministry in charge of maintaining relations with other countries and looking after the interests of its citizens living abroad. - กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ
  • former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน
  • gather: to search for and find things that you need or want - รวบรวม
  • headline: the title of a newspaper story that is printed in large letters - ข่าวพาดหัว
  • housekeeper (noun): a person, usually a woman, whose job is to manage the shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc. in a house or an institution - แม่บ้าน, คนดูแลทำความสะอาดบ้าน
  • in the process of: currently working on .... -
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • influential person: a person who has the power to affect a situation, especially in a bad way - ผู้มีอิทธิพล
  • initial: early; first - เบื้องต้น
  • innocence: the condition of not having done anything wrong or illegal - ความบริสุทธิ์
  • innocent: not having done anything wrong - บริสุทธิ์
  • inspect: to look at something carefully - ตรวจสอบ, ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
  • investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something - การสอบสวน
  • investigator: someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something, especially a crime or accident - ตำรวจฝ่ายสอบสวนคดีอาชญากรรม
  • involved (verb): taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง, มีบทบาท
  • issue: to officially give out - ออก
  • jail (verb): to put somebody in prison - จำคุก
  • launch (verb): to start something - เริ่มต้น, เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มทำ
  • lawyer: an attorney - ทนาย
  • legal: relating to the law - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
  • lodge a complaint: to make a formal statement to someone in authority that someone has done something wrong - ยื่นคำร้อง
  • maid: a female servant in a house or hotel - สาวใช้, หญิงรับใช้
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • Metropolitan Police Bureau (noun): a city police department, the Bangkok city police department - กองบัญชาการตำรวจนครบาล
  • monarchy (noun): the king or queen of a country and their family - ราชวงศ์, พระบรมวงศานุวงศ์
  • network: a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย
  • obtain: to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult - ได้มา, ได้รับ
  • official: done by people in authority or decided by the government; announced publicly - เป็นทางการ
  • outcome: a result - ผล
  • oversee (verb): (past form: oversaw) to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม
  • persuade: to make someone agree to do something by giving them reasons why they should - โน้มน้าวใจ เกลี้ยกล่อม
  • petition: a request of someone in authority to do something - คำร้อง
  • petition: to ask someone in authority to do something - ยื่นคำร้อง
  • probe: an investigation - การสอบสวน
  • probe: to investigate; to attempt to find out the truth about something; to examine - ตรวจสอบ
  • recreate (verb): to make something that existed in the past exist or seem to exist again - สร้างใหม่, จำลอง
  • regular (adj): normal; following a pattern, especially with the same time and space in between each thing and the next - ปกติ, เป็นประจำ, เสมอๆ
  • responsible for: to have a duty to do something - มีความรับผิดชอบ
  • salary: a fixed amount of money that you earn each month or year from your job - เงินเดือน
  • similar: like somebody/something but not exactly the same - คล้ายกัน
  • source: someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว
  • staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน
  • state: government - รัฐบาล
  • steal: to take something from a person, shop/store, etc. without permission and without intending to return it or pay for it - ขโมย
  • submitted: formally given to someone so they can make a decision about it - ยื่นเอกสารเพื่อการพิจารณา
  • summoned (verb): officially ordered someone to come to a place, especially a court of law or a police station - ถูกเรียกตัว
  • suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
  • suspected: thought to have done something wrong - เป็นที่สงสัย
  • swear (verb): to formally promise to do something; to promise that you are telling the truth - สาบาน, ยืนยัน
  • testify: to make a statement about something that you saw, know, or experienced, usually in a court of law or an official investigation - ให้การเป็นพยาน
  • theft (noun): (the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it - การลักขโมย
  • transfer: to move someone or something from one place, vehicle, person or group to another - ย้าย
  • treatment: a way of behaving towards or dealing with a person or thing - การปฏิบัติ
  • turned down: rejected; to not agree with a request, offer or proposal - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
  • valuables: small possessions that are worth a lot of money, for example jewellery - ของล้ำค่า
  • victim: someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
  • witness: a person who sees something happen or knows about something - ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์, พยาน
  • zeroing in on: focusing or concentrating on something - มุ่ง เล็งไปที่
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