Dowry swiper bride ‘con­fesses’

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL - WASSAYOS NGAMKHAM PATTARAPON­G CHATPATTAR­ASILL

The “run­away bride” ac­cused of cheat­ing al­most a dozen men out of 3 mil­lion baht in dowries through sham mar­riages was ar­rested on Thurs­day in Sa­mut Sakhon and al­legedly con­fessed to her crimes, the Cen­tral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (CIB) said yes­ter­day.

Jariya­porn Buayai, 32, was ap­pre­hended at a mar­ket in tam­bon Om­noi of Krathum Baen district.

She was known to have fre­quented the area with her cur­rent hus­band, 33-yearold Kit­ti­sak Tan­ti­watkul, who is wanted for theft and faces an ar­rest war­rant is­sued by Thanyaburi Court.

CIB com­mis­sioner Thi­ti­raj Nhong­harn­pitak said he was di­rect­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion him­self as the case has at­tracted con­sid­er­able pub­lic at­ten­tion.

He said 11 men have filed charges against the woman for al­legedly dup­ing them into pay­ing her dowries be­fore mak­ing off with the money.

The po­lice held a press con­fer­ence to an­nounce Ms Jariya­porn’s ar­rest at the Crime Sup­pres­sion Di­vi­sion (CSD) yes­ter­day. The CSD po­lice are in charge of col­lect­ing ev­i­dence and in­ter­view­ing wit­nesses and vic­tims.

The fraud charges faced by Ms Jariya­porn present a le­gal ba­sis for the au­thor­i­ties to seize her as­sets un­der the money-laun­der­ing law, he added.

The CIB chief said the po­lice will also ques­tion Ms Jariya­porn’s par­ents to see if they col­luded with her in the al­leged dowry scam.

The sus­pects’ par­ents re­port­edly at­tended Ms Jariya­porn’s wed­ding cer­e­monies. In most cases the sus­pect is be­lieved to have fled be­fore the mar­riage could be prop­erly reg­is­tered.

Pol Lt Gen Thi­ti­raj said in­ves­ti­ga­tors have de­cided not to press charges against a woman named Soypet Pali­wan to whose bank ac­count the dowries were re­mit­ted. She also hails from Loei, where Ms Jariya­porn has been re­sid­ing.

Ms Soypet told the po­lice Ms Jariya­porn opened an ac­count in her name with­out her knowl­edge or con­sent. She said the sus­pect took her citizenshi­p ID card and used it to regis­ter the ac­count.

Ms Jariya­porn told po­lice she wed seven of the 11 men while the rest will­ingly gave her money to co-in­vest in her fruit busi­ness.

She claimed she had dated all seven be­fore agree­ing to marry them and said she har­boured no in­ten­tion of swin­dling them out of their money.

One of the al­leged vic­tims, Pairat Pueng­suk, 28, of Phetch­abun, ac­cused Ms Jariya­porn of steal­ing his pickup truck and dup­ing him into giv­ing her 180,000 baht in cash.

Mr Pairat said Ms Jariya­porn had told him she planned to build a life with him. He vowed to go to any length to see her pros­e­cuted.

Jariya­porn Buayai, the sus­pect charged with cheat­ing al­most a dozen men by run­ning off with their dowries, is taken for ques­tion­ing at the Crime Sup­pres­sion Di­vi­sion yes­ter­day.

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