Cops arrest badge scammer
A man has been arrested for duping people into paying him 7,000 baht each for a badge and a certificate from the Special Operations Division police under the Central Investigation Bureau via Facebook.
Pol Lt Gen Torsak Sukwimol, the CIB commissioner, said yesterday Natchathorn Dechakunaporn, 35, was arrested in Krathum Baen district, Samut Sakhon, on Tuesday.
Mr Natchathorn had been accused of posting on Facebook under the names of "Thai Development Institute" and "Sayamkunakorn Company", claiming he could obtain a "Sayop Ripu Sathan" badge and a certificate of honour issued by the Special Operations Division for anyone who was interested.
Each of the items cost 7,000 baht and would be delivered by mail, he claimed.
The badge and certificate are usually awarded to police who pass a special training course for commando police.
Mr Natchathorn confessed to having made about 500,000 baht from the scam over the past 12 months, Pol Lt Gen Torsak said.