Woman arrested for using Nicha’s ID to open bank accounts

Nicha Kiartthanapaiboon, 24, accompanied by her elder sister, asks Crime Suppression Division police to track down call centre scammers who opened bank accounts using her lost ID card, at the CSD headquarters on Jan 9. (File photo)

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested for using the ID card of Nicha Kiartthanapaiboon to open five bank accounts for a call centre gang.

According to an initial report, the woman, identified only as Ms Paveena, was arrested by police from Metropolitan Police Division 1 from a house in Talingchan area on Saturday night.

She was taken to Lak Song police station for processing, since Ms Paveena opened the bank accounts in an area under the jurisdiction of Lak Song police.

Ms Paveena was then taken to Huay Khwang police station for further questioning because an ATM card was used to withdraw money from one of the accounts in Huay Khwang area.

According to initial reports, Ms Paveena confessed she had been hired for 10,000 baht by a man identified only as Simon to open five accounts, but said she had actually been paid only 4,000 baht.

A press conference about Ms Paveena’s arrest is expected to be held at the Royal Thai Police headquarters on Sunday afternoon.

The scam was brought to public attention after Ms Nicha on Jan 9 asked Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police to take action against a member of a call centre gang who used her lost ID card to open a total of nine bank accounts with seven banks. She said the accounts were used to swindle people, and led to her being arrested for a crime she did not commit.

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