Lamborghini smuggling scam

Lamborghini smuggling scam

Govt officials appear to be involved in complicated web of fraud & tax evasion. License plates of Labour Minister's son on car but plates already cancelled.

Firefighters and the charred wreckage of a white Lamborghini luxury car that caught fire on the back of a truck in Nakhon Ratchasima.

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Car import scam hits government

Padermchai's son tied to luxury vehicle blaze
3/06/2013
Online news
Amornrat Mahitthirook

The son of Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap has been linked to a suspected luxury car tax-evasion scam. Licence plates registered in the son's name were retrieved from the charred wreckage of a white Lamborghini, one of six cars found on the back of a transporter lorry when it caught fire in Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday.

However, Mr Padermchai said Monday the licence plate number Chor Lor 6217 was the old licence plate number for his son's car.

His son had stopped using that number and had switched to a new one years ago, but the car dealer involved had not updated the information about the new owner of the Chor Lor 6217 plate, the minister said.

"My son and I learned about the matter and laughed because he hasn't used that licence plate number for a long time. Police inquired about it and my son already explained. Today, my son's car is parked at the Labour Ministry and it does not bear the 6217 plate number," said Mr Padermchai. 

He insisted his son had nothing to do with the burnt luxury car and that his son's car was registered legally.

Mr Padermchai's son drives a white Lamborghini Gallardo bought in 2006.

DLT deputy director-general Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket said officials found Chor Lor 6217 Bangkok and Yor Yor 1000 Bangkok licence plates in the luxury car fire incident.

Both plate numbers had been reported for cancellation of use and there had been no request to reuse either of them.

Mr Asdsathai said an initial investigation found irregularities with the registration of luxury cars in Si Sa Ket.

Fourteen luxury cars have been registered in the northeastern province since last year, including seven this year.

Two DLT officials in Si Sa Ket have been transferred to inactive posts as the probe widens. He has transferred Danai Khote-asa, chief of the DLT's Si Sa Ket branch office, to an inactive post in Bangkok, along with Natpat Jantajaem, chief of the vehicle inspection division at the DLT's Si Sa Ket branch.

Mr Asdsathai said evidence indicated Mr Danai failed to impose DLT regulations on vehicular checks and registration. Mr Danai denies wrongdoing.

A DLT probe sub-committee is looking for other officials involved in suspicious car registrations. Checks on the registration of luxury cars are under way at DLT provincial offices nationwide.

The luxury cars in the fire on Wednesday were equipped with gas cylinders and appeared to have their engines converted for gas consumption.

Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt said Monday the DLT had to check if such luxury cars could really run on gas.

Pol Lt Col Korrawat Panprapakorn, director of the Department of Special Investigation's (DSI) Bureau of Regional Operation Centre, said luxury cars could not run on gas. The Lamborghini in the car fire had been smuggled into the country and was among three smuggled Lamborghini cars that the DSI was tracing.

He also said although some luxury cars worth 30-40 million baht each were declared as locally reassembled cars for registration purposes, actually there was no high-technology equipment in Thailand to facilitate such reassembly.

DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith said Monday 18 people were involved in the import and possession of the Lamborghini found in the fire.

Mr Tarit said a company called Dharma Motor Rich Co, owned by Pornpimol Khehathan, sought the registration of the Lamborghini as a locally reassembled car. Sukanya Sombatdee was identified as the buyer of its engine and TAN Express was reported as its importer.

Officials of the DLT, the Revenue Department, the Excise Department and an engineer who certified the gas cylinder installation in the car were also involved.

Mr Tarit believes the six luxury cars in the fire had been equipped with gas cylinders in a bid to evade high taxes.

The DSI has taken over the probe from local police as the cars were thought to be involved in tax evasion.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Car import scam hits government, Padermchai's son tied to luxury vehicle blaze, 3/06/2013, Online news, Amornrat Mahitthirook, link


Car Smuggling Vocabulary

smuggle - to bring goods into a country secretly and illegally  à¸¥à¸±à¸à¸¥à¸­à¸šà¸™à¸³à¹€à¸‚้า, ลักลอบนำสินค้าเข้าหรือออกโดยผิดกฎหมาย, แอบถือไปด้วย
smuggled into the country

smuggling - the activity of bringing goods into the country secretly or illegally
car smuggling

luxury - the best and most expensive of something ที่หรูหรา
luxury car
luxury car smuggling

Lamborghini - a very expensive luxury car (See Wikipedia)

import - to buy or bring in products from another country นำเข้า
scam - an illegal trick or dishonest plan  for getting money กลโกง, แผนร้าย
import
scam

car import scam
car import scam hits government

vehicle - a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. ยานพาหนะ
luxury vehicle

blaze - a large fire that cause a lot of damage เพลิง
luxury vehicle blaze

tied to - linked to, connected to เชื่อมโยง เกี่ยวกับ
Labour Minister's son tied to luxury vehicle blaze

evasion - avoiding (doing something you must do) การหลีกเลี่ยง
tax-evasion scam
luxury car tax-evasion scam

suspected - thought to be something เป็นที่สงสัย
suspected luxury car tax-evasion scam

linked - connected เชื่อมโยง เกี่ยวกับ
The son of Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap has been linked to a suspected luxury car tax-evasion scam.

licence - an official document (or here metal plate) that gives someone permission to do or use something ใบอนุญาต
licence plates - the flat metal things with a number on the front and back of a car that identifies the car แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์; ป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์; ป้ายติดรถยนต์ประกอบด้วยตัวอักษรและตัวเลขที่เป็นหมายเลขทะเบียนรถ

registered
- officially recorded with the government (and given permission to do something) 
licence plates
registered in the son's name

charred
- blackened from fire ไหม้เกรียม
wreckage - the parts of a vehicle or building that remain after it has been severely damaged ซากตึกบ้านเรือนที่ถูกทำลาย

the charred wreckage
the charred wreckage of a white Lamborghini

retrieved from -
to something from someplace
retrieved from the charred wreckage of a white Lamborghini

transporter -
using to "transport" or bring something from one place to another place
lorry -
a truck
on the back of a transporter lorry

catch fire
- when something starts burning ลุกติดไฟ, ติดไฟ, ไฟไหม้
the truck caught fire 

Licence plates
registered in the son's name were retrieved from the charred wreckage of a white Lamborghini, one of six cars found on the back of a transporter lorry when it caught fire in Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday.

switch - to change from one thing to another thing; exchange, substitution การสับเปลี่ยน, การแทนที่
switch license plates

car dealer - a person or company that sells cars
involved in - พัวพันอยู่ใน,   à¸•à¸´à¸”หลังแห
car dealer involved in the license plate transfer

had nothing to do with - not involved in ไม่พัวพันอยู่ใน,   ไม่ติดหลังแห
his son had nothing to do with the burnt luxury car

update -
make something new and improved; add the new latest information to some records ปรับปรุง; ทำให้ทันสมัย; อัพเดท
update information

His son had stopped using that number and had switched to a new one years ago, but the car dealer involved had not updated the information about the new owner of the Chor Lor 6217 plate, the minister said.

matter - a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน
learned about the matter

"My son and I learned about the matter and laughed because he hasn't used that licence plate number for a long time.

inquire - to ask about something
inquire about the matter

Police inquired about the matter and my son already explained.

bear - carry ถือ, นำไป
car bears license plate
the car bears a license plate
the car bears the license plate
the doesn't bear the license plate

Today, my son's car is parked at the Labour Ministry and it does not bear the 6217 plate number.

register (verb) to officially record something (and give permission to do something) ทะเบียน, จดทะเบียน, ลงทะเบียน,  ขึ้นทะเบียน, ขึ้นบัญชี
registered legally
his son's car was registered legally

registration (noun)
the registration of luxury cars

registered since last year
the cars have been registered since last year
irregularities with the registration of luxury cars

insisted - say firmly that something must happen or is true, and will not change mind
He insisted his son had nothing to do with the burnt luxury car and that his son's car was registered legally.

Mr Padermchai's son drives a white Lamborghini Gallardo bought in 2006.

incident - an unpleasant event
DLT deputy director-general Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket said officials found Chor Lor 6217 Bangkok and Yor Yor 1000 Bangkok licence plates in the luxury car fire incident.

cancel (verb) withdraw, end, end registration ยกเลิก
cancel plate numbers

cancellation (noun)
cancellation of use

re - again
reuse - use again
reuse plate numbers - use license plate numbers again 

Both plate numbers had been reported for cancellation of use and there had been no request to reuse either of them.

initial - early; first ในเบื้องต้น
investigation - try to find out what happened during an event, discover the truth การสอบสวน การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
initial investigation

irregularities - things that are not normal (and therefore may indicate wrongdoing or corruption); a situation in which the rules, laws or usual ways of doing something have not been followed ความไม่สงบ

an initial investigation found irregularities

Mr Asdsathai said an initial investigation found irregularities with the registration of luxury cars in Si Sa Ket.

Fourteen luxury cars have been registered in the northeastern province since last year, including seven this year.

posts - positions ตำแหน่ง
inactive posts

transferred - moved; changed someone's job or responsibilities โยกย้ายตำแหน่ง
transferred to inactive posts

probe -  an investigation into crime and wrongdoing; an attempt to find out the truth about an issue, problem or accident, made by an official group (or by the media) การตรวจสอบ การสอบสวน
the probe widens - the investigation is looking and searching in new areas

Two DLT officials in Si Sa Ket have been transferred to inactive posts as the probe widens.

branch - an office or shop representing a large company or organisation in a particular area สาขา
branch office

inspection - an official process of checking that things are in the correct condition; checking that everything is as it should be; examination การตรวจสอบตรวจตรา การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด

division - one part of a large organisation ดิวิชั่น
the vehicle inspection division

He has transferred Danai Khote-asa, chief of the DLT's Si Sa Ket branch office, to an inactive post in Bangkok, along with Natpat Jantajaem, chief of the vehicle inspection division at the DLT's Si Sa Ket branch.

evidence - information that shows that something actually did happen or actually is true หลักฐาน
indicated ...  - showed ... 
evidence indicated ...

impose - to force someone to accept something กำหนด,บังคับ
regulations - official rules that control the way that things are done ระเบียบปฏิบัติ ระเบียบ ข้อบังคับ  กฎระเบียบ
impose regulations
impose DLT regulations on vehicular checks and registration

wrongdoing - behaviour that is illegal or immoral
denies wrongdoing

Mr Asdsathai said evidence indicated Mr Danai failed to impose DLT regulations on vehicular checks and registration. Mr Danai denies wrongdoing.

suspicious - making you believe that something is wrong, dangerous or illegal;  a feeling that someone or something cannot be trusted น่าสงสัย
suspicious
car registrations
officials involved in suspicious car registrations

under way - happening now, currently happening
nationwide - throughout a whole country ทั่วทั้งประเทศ  ทั่วประเทศ
Checks are under way at offices nationwide

A DLT probe sub-committee is looking for other officials involved in suspicious car registrations. Checks on the registration of luxury cars are under way at DLT provincial offices nationwide.

cylinder
- a long circular object ถัง
gas cylinders - the long metal containers used to store natural gas ถังแก๊ส

equipped with -
having included as a part or as equipment 
cars equipped with gas cylinders

consumption - using, eating or drinking something การบริโภค
gas consumption - using natural (in cooking or in car, for example)

converted - changed from one form to another เปลี่ยน เปลี่ยนระบบ โอนจากที่หนึ่งไปยังอีกที่หนึ่ง
engines converted for gas consumption

The luxury cars in the fire on Wednesday were equipped with gas cylinders and appeared to have their engines converted for gas consumption.

run on gas - the car or other vehicle uses gas as fuel 
a car that runs on gas


check if such luxury cars could really run on gas

luxury cars can really run on gas
luxury cars can not really run on gas

Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt said Monday the DLT had to check if such luxury cars could really run on gas.

Pol Lt Col Korrawat Panprapakorn, director of the Department of Special Investigation's (DSI) Bureau of Regional Operation Centre, said luxury cars could not run on gas.

tracing -
finding where something came from and where it has gone
the DSI was tracing cars smuggled into the country

The Lamborghini in the car fire had been smuggled into the country and was among three smuggled Lamborghini cars that the DSI was tracing.

facilitate - help, to make it possible or easier for something to happen; make it easier for project to achieve goals ทำให้ง่าย ทำให้สะดวกขึ้น
high-technology equipmen to facilitate reassembly

He also said although some luxury cars worth 30-40 million baht each were declared as locally reassembled cars for registration purposes, actually there was no high-technology equipment in Thailand to facilitate such reassembly.

possession - having or owning something การครอบครอง
possession of the Lamborghini

DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith said Monday 18 people were involved in the import and possession of the Lamborghini found in the fire.

identified - named ระบุชื่อ
identified as the buyer of the engine of the car

Mr Tarit said a company called Dharma Motor Rich Co, owned by Pornpimol Khehathan, sought the registration of the Lamborghini as a locally reassembled car. Sukanya Sombatdee was identified as the buyer of its engine and TAN Express was reported as its importer.

certified - inspected officially and verified that the company follows the rules ผ่านการรับรองคุณภาพ
an engineer who certified the gas cylinder installation in the car

Officials of the DLT, the Revenue Department, the Excise Department and an engineer who certified the gas cylinder installation in the car were also involved.

evade - to avoid or escape from someone or something หลีกเลี่ยง
evade taxes

evasion
tax evasion 


bid - an attempt to do something ความพยายาม
bid to evade high taxes

cars equipped with gas cylinders in a bid to evade high taxes

local - in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
local police - the police in a local area (not the national police in Bangkok)

The DSI has taken over the probe from local police as the cars were thought to be involved in tax evasion.

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