16 arrests in B20m insurance fraud case

16 arrests in B20m insurance fraud case

Police arrest a suspect in an alleged 20 million baht personal accident insurance fraud, at a house in Mai Kaen district of Pattani on Monday, part of a series of raids in Pattani and Songkhla provinces in which 16 people were detained. (Photo supplied)
Police arrest a suspect in an alleged 20 million baht personal accident insurance fraud, at a house in Mai Kaen district of Pattani on Monday, part of a series of raids in Pattani and Songkhla provinces in which 16 people were detained. (Photo supplied)

Police have arrested 16 people in raids on 15 locations for filing alleged false personal accident claims totalling 20 million baht, with insurers having already paid out 14 million baht.

The alleged scam involved claims on multiple policies for hospital treatment for wounds that were intentionally inflicted.

The arrests were in the southern provinces of Pattani and Songkhla on Monday, Pol Lt Gen Jiraphob Bhuridej, commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau, said on Tuesday.

The detained suspects were Tueanjai Thetngamthuan, 59, Tueanjit Thetngamthuan, 52, Suthee Khwaengsoon, 42, Siriporn Khwaengsoon, 41, Muhaimin Salae, 31, Sumolrat Likhitsripaibul, 51, Prapassorn Likhitsripaibul, 45, Thammarong Asaiboon, 41, Katanyu Chantharat, 38, Waraporn Prathumsuwan, 33, Techinee Phetnil, 60, Saendee Thepayos, 36, Nupin Patchaiyo, 51, Khiang Mitsaman, 57, Wanida Mitsaman, 56, and Sirithip Lengseesan, 24, he said.

According to Pol Lt Gen Jiraphob the operation followed complaints by insurance firms about a gang that hired people to act as personal accident victims.

The accomplices agreed to suffer intentionally inflicted injuries, which were then used to make personal accident claims. The accomplices were paid according to the degree of the injury.

An accomplice, for example, received 3,000 baht per night if admitted to hospital for treatment.  

The gang had the accomplices open bank accounts and apply for ATM cards. The gang kept the account books and the ATM cards. Each accomplice then took out from 10 to 16 insurance policies.

A few months later the accomplices were given intentional injuries, such as burns on their  legs from splashes of boiling spicy soup. Thirteen insured people claimed compensation for  such burns. The gang received a large amount in insurance payouts. 

False compensation claims totalled 20 million baht and insurance firms had already paid out 14 million baht, Pol Lt Gen Jiraphob said.

Pol Col Phongpanot Chukaew, a superintendent of the Crime Suppression Division, said police obtained Criminal Court warrants for the arrest of 18 suspects and to search 15 locations. Sixteen of the suspects were detained during the raids and another was arrested  while being treated for Covid-19 at a hospital.

He said the gang was led by three women, who were among the arrestees  - Ms Tueanjai, Ms Sumolrat and Ms Techinee. Two of the men, Mr Suthee and Mr Thammarong, were tasked with causing the injuries to the gang's willing policy holders.

Of the arrested suspects, only Mr Thammarong confessed, admitting he received 500-1,000 baht for each injury he inflicted, according to Pol Col Phongpanot. 

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (12)

Two Thai doubles pairs survive at World Tour Finals

Two doubles pairs from Thailand have advanced to the semi-finals of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals following a busy day at Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok on Friday.

9 Dec 2022

Army hospital first stop for freed athlete Griner

American basketball star Brittney Griner arrived back in the United States on Friday morning after being released from a Russian prison in exchange for Victor Bout, an arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death”.

9 Dec 2022

Second move

Graft busters petition court to sack suspended cabinet minister and accused land encroacher Kanokwan Vilawan and ban her from politics for up to 10 years.

9 Dec 2022