SATTAHIP – September 9, 2012 [PDN]; at 2 p.m., an arrest of an ex-sailor for theft by deception was announced by Pol. Col. Chonnapat Nawalak, Superintendent, Sattahip police station,Chonburi province; together with Pol. Lt. Col. Prakorb Saengpring, Deputy Superintendent; Pol. Lt. Col. Apichanan Wattanawarangkul, Inspector and forces of Operations to Detect and Subdue for Crime; along with the officer of Special Operations to fight against drugs, command unit of Marine Corps and Navy section .
The suspect was identified as Mr. Nattaphong Kongpreecha, age 28, senior manager of Neo Life Supplementary Food International Co., Ltd. He is also an ex-sailor of Navy Section 1.
Mr. Nattaphong is charged with cheating, deceiving and impersonating the name and rank of a high-ranking naval officer and causing harm to the reputation of that person and the Navy.
Mr. Nattaphong confessed that he had served as a sailor with the conscript group 3/2552, and had been trained in the camp for new sailors. He was later assigned to work at Navy Section 1 and retired on November 1, 2011.
While he was a sailor, Mr. Nattaphong was also a representative for selling supplementary food. At his retirement, he was appointed the senior manager of the supplement company, due to his time as a sailor when he became acquainted with many high-ranking Naval officers.
So Mr. Nattaphong used his knowledge and naval contacts to cheat new naval recruits. He pretended to be a naval commander by dressing in a naval officer’s uniform, and offered victims a chance to avoid being assigned duty at three undesirable southern provinces.
He said he would negotiate with a high-ranking naval officer to not send the person to the undesirable provinces. But the victims first had to pay Mr. Nattaphong 25,000 THB. He convinced three new sailors, who paid him the money.
Mr. Nattaphong then used his position as the senior manager of the supplement company to bring a basket of Neo Life supplementary food, worth 5,000 THB, to give to the high-ranking naval officer that he knew.
Mr. Nattaphong then asked the Naval officer to prevent his victims from being assigned to the southern provinces.
Mr. Nattaphong claimed to police that he pulled his scam because he did not make enough money for his daily living. The police didn’t believe him and assumed there were many more naval victims.