...

Brit arrested for ‘counterfeit currency scam’ in Thailand

British national Tobias Drew has been arrested in Thailand for allegedly participating in a counterfeit currency scam, facing serious charges under Thai law.
British national Tobias Drew has been arrested in Thailand for allegedly participating in a counterfeit currency scam, facing serious charges under Thai law.
Share
Tweet

A Brit has been arrested for allegedly taking part in a counterfeit currency scam in Thailand.

Tobias Drew is accused of selling fake Euro notes.

The 33-year-old, of Chertsey, Surrey, has been in the country for two months.

Cops allegedly found Drew with a large sum of counterfeit cash.

His suspected accomplice, also a British national, has since gone on the run.

READ MORE: Spanish influencer shares stories of Brits’ horrible hygiene habits

Thai woman, Janjira Laowlang, 50, was the first victim to report the alleged scam to the police on Tuesday (6 Feb)

She said a foreign man had exchanged EUR 1,000 (£854) in cash for THB 37,850 (£836) at an exchange booth.

She later realised that the banknotes were allegedly fake when she got home.

The police arrested Drew the following day.

British national Tobias Drew has been arrested in Thailand for allegedly participating in a counterfeit currency scam, facing serious charges under Thai law.
The British man who was arrested. (Picture: Jam Press)

The evidence included 89 fake EUR 200 bills as well as other denominations of counterfeit currency, according to local reports.

Drew told Thai cops that he entered the country on 2 December last year.

He met the suspected accomplice at an apartment block in Phuket and together they allegedly hatched the plan to carry out fraudulent exchanges.

Drew is accused of exchanging cryptocurrency for fake Euros and then subsequently using the counterfeit banknotes in fraudulent exchanges.

He has been charged with forgery and using counterfeit money under Thai law.

If convicted, he could face between one and 15 years in prison and a heavy fine.

Drew has reportedly denied the accusations as the investigation continues.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Brit plane passenger detained by four hero men after ‘getting drunk’ and ’abusive to cabin crew’

More you may like

Seraphinite AcceleratorOptimized by Seraphinite Accelerator
Turns on site high speed to be attractive for people and search engines.