Gambling debt collectors posed as police
By Michael
Two men posing as police officers were arrested yesterday after attempting to collect a gambling debt of 2.5 million baht, lost on the world cup tournament.

Boonsong Pianbanyat, 38, and Adisak Apibansri, 34, told the real police they had been asked by a man named ``Koh'' to collect 850,000 baht and a Volvo Sedan from Saksin Poonchalak, 40, who runs a car showroom in Nonthaburi.

Mr Saksin admitted owing a bookmaker about 2.5 million baht, saying he had been lured into gambling by a man named Puwadol who stopped at his showroom during the World Cup and persuaded him to place a bet.

After winning more than 100,000 baht with his first wager, Mr Saksin subsequently lost 2.5 million baht on the third-place match between South Korea and Turkey.

He attempted to win his money back by betting on the final, but the bookmaker refused to take his stake, forcing him to sign a loan contract, transferring ownership of 15 shop-houses, and seizing four cars as a guarantee.

He said that in total, ``they have taken more than 10 million baht from me”.

Police seized an identification card belonging to a former Crime Suppression Division lieutenant-colonel from the suspects' vehicle.

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