Counterfeit Cash Sent to Interior Ministry

The Battambang provincial police have sent a sample of the more than $7 million in suspected counterfeit cash seized in the province earlier this month to the Ministry of Interior for investigation, according to officials.

On September 19, in the largest ever counterfeit cash seizure in the country, police arrested three Thai nationals, including a military commander, with $7.16 million in suspected fake U.S. notes following an exchange with an undercover officer.

Kittithamet Meethekulsawat, 47, and Pramote Raisiri, 48, are being held in pretrial detention in the Battambang Provincial Prison while Chamras Pongsart, a commander in the Thai marines, was released without charge despite accompanying the men across the border and being present during the illicit exchange.

Deputy provincial police chief Chet Vanny said Friday that he gave five notes from the haul to the Interior Ministry Friday morning. Mok Chito, director of the ministry’s Central Judicial Department, said he had received the sample.

“This money is fake money, they could have cheated the rural people that did not know,” he said, adding that the notes would be sent to experts for further examination.

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