Bail de­nied for Prayut pic SIM fraud sus­pect

Bangkok Post - - FRONT PAGE - WASSAYOS NGAMKHAM KOMSAN TORTERMVASANA

Po­lice have op­posed a bail re­quest from a man who al­legedly used the im­age of the prime min­is­ter’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card to regis­ter SIM cards to be sold to cus­tomers.

They also sought the court’s ap­proval for the first round of the man’s 12-day de­ten­tion.

Peer­ames Wongth­ongkua, 31, was taken by Tech­nol­ogy Crime Sup­pres­sion Di­vi­sion (TCSD) of­fi­cers to the Crim­i­nal Court yes­ter­day.

The Chon Buri res­i­dent is fac­ing charges of en­ter­ing false in­for­ma­tion into a com­puter sys­tem, fal­si­fy­ing of­fi­cial doc­u­ments and un­law­fully ac­cess­ing a re­stricted net­work.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, 55 SIM cards were il­le­gally reg­is­tered by Mr Peer­ames.

Po­lice also op­posed a bail re­quest lodged by the sus­pect as the of­fence car­ries a se­vere penalty due to the sus­pect us­ing a fal­si­fied ID card with the name and photo of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to regis­ter the SIM cards.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cers, the sus­pect told of­fi­cers that the photo of the pre­mier made it eas­ier to log into the regis­tra­tion sys­tem.

Of­fi­cers said Mr Peer­ames is a mo­bile phone sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive who works at a shop­ping mall in Pat­taya. The sus­pect said he ob­tained the pre­mier’s picture from the in­ter­net.

Real Move Co, op­er­a­tor of the TrueMove H mo­bile net­work, which alerted po­lice to the scam, said regis­tra­tion of new SIM cards through the “2-snap” ID app is re­quired by the Na­tional Broad­cast­ing and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (NBTC).

As a re­sult of this in­ci­dent, the com­pany an­nounced it has sub­mit­ted a re­quest to the NBTC to ur­gently in­spect the au­to­mated 2-snap ID process. It also of­fered to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to fix the short­com­ing and im­prove the se­cu­rity of the SIM regis­tra­tion sys­tem.

PHOTOS BY ROYAL THAI PO­LICE

RIGHT Mr Peer­ames is taken yes­ter­day from the Tech­nol­ogy Crime Sup­pres­sion Di­vi­sion to the Crim­i­nal Court.

ABOVE Of­fi­cers dis­play the mo­bile phone SIM cards seized from Peer­ames Wongth­ongkua.

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