New 'Ying Kai' cases surface

New 'Ying Kai' cases surface

Lawyer Songkan Atchariyasap shows a picture of Soonthorn Khanhin, a driver for Monta
Lawyer Songkan Atchariyasap shows a picture of Soonthorn Khanhin, a driver for Monta "Ying Kai" Yokrattanakan, during his meeting with police on Friday at the Metropolitan Police Bureau. (Photo by )Jiraporn Kuhakan

New, suspicious cases involving Monta "Ying Kai" Yokrattanakan have emerged as her trusted driver was said to have mysteriously disappeared four years ago, as did a wealthy woman from whom she tried to buy land in Udon Thani in 2003.

The suspicions were raised by lawyer Songkan Atchariyasap, who is representing five former employees who have accused Ms Monta of lodging false theft complaints against them. He brought them to testify at the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) on Friday.

The employees are Praphawan Jaikla, her parents Chukiat and Prapaporn, Jantana Kotkongthai and Sukanya Sirimuang.

Mr Songkan told police that driver Soonthorn Khanhin, or Ko, was someone Ms Monta deeply trusted and he always followed his boss everywhere. His name was listed on the registration of Ms Monta's residence in Chatuchak district.

The driver went missing in 2012 and Ms Monta allegedly told her employees that police had arrested him, Mr Songkan said, adding that Ms Jantana had supplied the information, citing other employees.

Authorities were contacted to re-verify the house registration, but discovered that the driver's name was withdrawn on March 19, 2012. The whereabouts of the driver remain unknown.

According to Mr Songkan, Ko's older brother and a local villager plan to lodge a complaint about the driver's disappearance with the MPB on Monday.

Another suspicious case involves the disappearance of a wealthy woman in Udon Thani. Ms Monta allegedly claimed to be the daughter of the woman's ex-husband and asked to buy an eight-rai land plot of land from her in 2003 to develop a condominium project, the lawyer said.

It is alleged the millionairess then went missing after going out with Ms Monta, he said.

The land plot was found to have been transferred to Ms Monta under her old name, Wantanee Yokwiriyakul, Mr Songkan said.

Deputy national police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen said the new information given by Mr Songkan would be considered by police for further investigation.

He said that acting MPB chief Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn had set up a panel to examine the investigation's progress and the outcome should be known within one week. Any officers found to have mishandled the case would face disciplinary and legal action, he said.

Police have charged Ms Monta with making false complaints to police, human trafficking and insulting the royal institution.

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