Model arrested in fraud cases exceeding B10m
Victims say they were duped into bogus property investments and cheated on car rentals
published : 5 Oct 2019 at 16:49
writer: Wassayos Ngamkham
A 35-year-old fashion model facing nine arrest warrants connected with fraud cases exceeding 10 million baht in total has been arrested at a condominium in Bangkok.
Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police arrested Sriwipha Wattanawansap, 35, a fashion model and businesswoman, at a condominium unit on Rama III Road in Yannawa district on Saturday.
Ms Sriwipha, dubbed “Oy Take Me Out”, was wanted on a warrant issued by the Bangkok South Municipal Court for colluding in fraud.
Pol Col Arun Wachirasrisukanya, superintendent of CSD sub-division 2, said Ms Sriwipha was accused of duping victims into renting her two Honda Accord cars, on which she failed to pay the rental fees. She also is accused of luring several people into investing in property.
Because she was a well-known model who had been featured on the cover of a popular travel magazine, the victims invested with her. She also claimed to be a businesswoman, said the CSD superintendent.
On June 1, one of her victims saw Ms Sriwipha on the Take Me Out Thailand TV show. The victim then filed a complaint with CSD police, asking them to arrest her as she kept changing her residence.
The victim claimed the model had duped her into investing in a property project and fled with 1.3 million baht in investment funds.
During the interrogation, Ms Sriwipha denied all charges and said she would give her statement in court only. The CSD police then handed over to Thung Mahamek police station for further legal action based on the charges outlined in the warrant.
She was the subject of a total of nine court warrants related to fraud cases with damages totaling more than 10 million baht.