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Young woman blames friend’s family in Chiang Mai for her mobile phone fraud


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A 19-year-old woman has turned herself into Chiang Mai police over mobile phone sales fraud and has apologized to the family of a boy believed to have died of a stroke after finding out that he had been cheated.

The woman also accused her boyfriend of being the mastermind behind the fraud. Piyada Thongkhampan, the suspect, turned himself into police at Chiang Mai provincial station on Tuesday. Police believed that Piyada defrauded about 500 people, mostly students, by selling non-existent phones online.

Her case attracted national attention when it emerged that one of her victims was a 14-year-old boy who died of a hemorrhagic stroke after learning he had been cheated on.

Yesterday, Piyada, who was detained at Na Whai Police Station in Chiang Dao District, was taken to Chiang Mai Youth Observation and Protection Center where she will be detained after the court approves further detention.

The police said that her lawyer had filed a bail request with the court after the police had previously refused her bail.

Piyada is now charged with fraud, violating computer law and money laundering.

“I’m sorry my friend’s family used my identity to trick many victims into buying non-existent phones.

“I insist that I was not involved in the fraud. My friend’s family blamed me,” Piyada told a group of reporters yesterday as she was taken to the juvenile detention centre.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Special Investigation into Cybercrime, the CCIB, seized four iPhones, one of which was Piyada’s own, as well as 700,000 baht in cash from her home in Chiang Mai as evidence.

Her father, Khun Inrain, however, claimed that the 700,000 baht cash discovered by CCIB police was not the proceeds of fraud, but was in fact money her family collected to release their daughter on bail.

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