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Pattaya Provincial Courtroom sentenced a Chinese man to two years of imprisonment for stealing the identity of a Thai citizen and concealing it for greater than 30 years.

The 45 12 months outdated Chinese suspect is recognised by Thai locals as Iao but in addition adopts the Thai alias Nitiphat Chokchaitanaporn. The case of identity theft got here to gentle following a raid on a drug-fuelled occasion at Membership One in Pattaya on October 22, 2022.

Through the operation, Thai police discovered narcotics and drug paraphernalia contained in the membership. Over 200 occasion attendees declined drug testing and managed to evade seize by fleeing the membership.

Iao introduced himself because the proprietor of the nightclub. He appeared indignant and threatened officers. He claimed to know influential police officers in Pattaya and allegedly bribed them. His use of the Thai language with a Chinese accent raised suspicions among the many authorities.

Additional investigation uncovered that Iao was a nominee, and the precise proprietor of the nightclub was a Chinese man named Yu Chang Fei. Thai police arrested Yu as he tried to flee to Laos, charging him with working an unlawful nightclub.

The main target then shifted to Iao’s nationality. Iao denied the accusation and insisted that he was a Thai citizen. He additionally introduced his identification card which was issued in Trat province in 1992 when he was 15 years outdated to officers.

30 years hiding

Iao altered each his identify and surname a number of instances and was issued new ID playing cards on a number of events. Data point out that Iao initially registered below the identify Teera Jongpithakwasin earlier than altering it to Nitiphat Chokchaitanaporn in 2007.

Iao declared that his father was Chinese whereas his mom was a Thai lady residing within the Isaan province of Nakhon Ratchasima. Based on the civil registration, Iao’s mom was a Thai lady named Muay Itsomboon and his sister was a Thai lady named Sunee Itsomboon. The 2 denied any relation and acknowledged that they had by no means met him.

Gathering proof for actions that occurred over 30 years in the past proved difficult for the authorities. However, conflicts in Iao’s private data and out there proof led the court docket to conclude that he stole the identity of a Thai citizen who may need died a very long time in the past.

Pattaya Provincial Courtroom, yesterday, introduced that Iao violated the Identification Card Act by reporting pretend data to officers, together with pretend data in official paperwork, utilizing pretend official paperwork which may trigger harm to others, and issuing ID playing cards with pretend data.

Iao obtained a two-year jail sentence with out parole and was transferred to jail instantly. Regardless of the court docket determination, Iao continues to disclaim the accusations, as reported by Channel 7.

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