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[Video Report] Alleged French ATM scammers caught bribing Phuket police

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[Video Report] Alleged French ATM scammers caught bribing Phuket police
Phuket Gazette

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Karim Akrour (yellow shirt) handed cash over to a police contact in hopes of buying Karin Radoun's freedom. Photo: Chutharat Plerin

PHUKET: -- Phuket Police arrested two French nationals for bribing an officer of the law yesterday, while a third man is still on the run.

Karin Radoun, 28, was also charged with ATM fraud and being in the country illegally. He and Karim Akrour, 36, denied all the charges when presented to the press this morning.

Police are still hunting for a third suspect, a Frenchman identified only as “David”.

On Wednesday evening, Mr Radoun and David were captured on CCTV interacting for 11 minutes with a Siam Commercial Bank ATM at the entrance to the Baan Yin Dee Boutique Resort in Patong.

During that time, the machine confiscated three cards from them after they failed to enter the correct pin number multiple times.

Officers patrolling the area had been told to keep an eye out for ATM skimmers, and after noticing that the men had been using the ATM for an unusually long time, decided to investigate.

“As our officers pulled up on a motorcycle, both the suspects fled to a motorbike and drove off,” said Sutthichai Thianpho of the Patong Police.

As soon as the police arrive, Mr Radoun and David flee the scene.

Police radioed ahead, but within minutes Mr Radoun and David had ditched the bike.

Mr Radoun jumped into a pond, where he was found shortly thereafter. Mr David escaped.

Mr Radoun told police that David was a French national who had offered him 10,000 baht for a ride to the ATM machine. He then offered the officers a bribe to let him go, Col Sutthichai said

Mr Radoun allegedly offered the Patong Police officers 5,500 Euro (about 245,000 baht) and a regular monthly pay-off of 150,000 baht.

Patong Police accepted – in preparation for a sting operation.

“Mr Radoun said he’d call a friend, Mr Akrour, to bring us the money,” Col Sutthichai said.

Patong police arranged for a French national to meet Mr Akrour at the McDonald’s in Jungceylon. Once the money was handed over, officers moved in to arrest Mr Akrour.

Although Mr Akrour told police that he had brought the money not as a bribe, but to post bail for Mr Radoun, he was charged with attempting to bribe an officer of the law.

Officers discovered a number of ATM cards when they searched his bag, but have not yet charged him with a crime in connection with the cards.

“We will continue to investigate him. More charges may be added later,” Col Sutthichai said.



Source: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket_news/2014/-Video-Report-Alleged-French-ATM-scammers-caught-bribing-Phuket-police-25654.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2014-02-22

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Did you see that!!! PLay it again, quiick!

That Thai guy had no helmet on....... THB500 right there guys

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An Algerian smirk on the one lad.

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[Well done this time by the BIB..classic sting!]

Maybe a double sting. Where has the bribe money actually gone?

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Mr Radoun allegedly offered the Patong Police officers 5,500 Euro (about 245,000 baht) and a regular monthly pay-off of 150,000 baht.

What ?!? blink.png

What happened to be 500b bribe and we're all good ?

That's a hell of bribe..! Is that the current rate of the market ?ph34r.png.pagespeed.ce.GOH20nhrx_.png

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Here is the problem,

The idiot French offered way way way too much money, cop was smart enough to figure out if the idiot is willing to pay that much now , he would pay triple once arrested and 6 times the amount when friend is also busted.

Watch and learn future scammers, do not make an offer but ask how much it would cost to walk away

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real french names... imported thieves that got nationality

They could be third or more generation French - not that it matters in the slightest. At least they are not locals - who can get the ATM proceeds directly from the the foreign card owner - one way or another.

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[Well done this time by the BIB..classic sting!]

Maybe a double sting. Where has the bribe money actually gone?

Kept as evidence for future court dates :)

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