School teacher and lottery vendor under arrest

School teacher Preecha Kraikruan at a school in Kanchanaburi province and a lottery vendor were put under police custody after they were formally charged for filing false claim of five lost lottery tickets that won first prize with a combined 30 million baht rewards.

Crime Suppression Division (CSD) commander Pol Maj Gen Maitree Chimcherd said the court has granted arrest warrant for the two suspects on three charges today (Feb 28).

He said CSD police were traveling to Mr Preecha's home in Kanchanaburi province with the Criminal Court's arrest warrant before noon today to make arrest.

Mrs Rattanaporn Suphathip, alias Jeh Babin, the lottery vendor who claimed to sell the winning tickets to the teacher, was also under arrest.

Earlier in the morning, the CSD commander sought warrant from the court to arrest the two prime suspects for their conspiracy in making up the whole story of the missing lottery tickets.

The three charges involved the filing of false complaint with the police over the lost lottery tickets, and filing false claim of lost tickets that could land other person in jail.

At about 12.40pm, CSD police arrested Mr Preecha at the school in Kanchanaburi's Muang district took him to CSD headquarters in Bangkok.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)