A Thai transgender, only named to the press as U-Thai, 45, was arrested in the Suan Luang District of Bangkok yesterday, November 12, for alleged fraud against foreign tourists, particularly Japanese businessmen, for more than 10 years.
The arrest took place following an arrest warrant issued in January 2020, stating that the suspect had been fooling a number of Japanese tourists by introducing themselves as a Taiwanese person and offering services as a tour guide around the capital before reportedly asking the victim for money, claiming that the suspect had lost all of their money and passport.
The suspect would repetitively request for money until the victim reluctantly agreed and then mysteriously disappeared and became unreachable after the money was sent.
Surprisingly, U-Thai has been arrested five times and has been held in prison three times in 2012, 2015, and 2019 for charges of fraud, burglary, and robbery against more than 70 Japanese victims who have lost in total over 6,000,000 baht in damages, according to the police record.
The suspect was recently released on August 1 and has continued committing a similar crime to ten more Japanese victims who had naively spent more than 300,000 baht on the alleged theft.
Suan Luang police officers have now charged the suspect for defrauding another person by impersonating themselves as another. U-Thai will be transferred to the Thong Lor police station for interrogation and legal proceedings.Photo Courtesy: Immigration Bureau