The Japanese national claimed connections with big-shots (คนใหญ่คนโต, khon-yak-khon-dtoo) in Thailand that could resolve civil court cases — plot twist: there were no big-shots and Mr. Yamada stole 2 million baht.
On May 4th, 2021, police in Pathum Thani arrested Mr. Shoji Yamada, aged 47, at a popular but unnamed Japanese restaurant in the province’s Thanyaburi district.
Mr. Yamada touted big-shot connections in Thailand that could resolve 3 civil court cases that a fellow Japanese national was facing. The victim forked over 2,060,000 baht to Mr. Yamada to assist in the legal matters.
Predictably, instead of resolving the court cases, Mr. Yamada ran off with the 2 million baht and opened the Japanese restaurant where he was later detained by police.
The victim who gave Mr. Yamada the 2 million baht lost the 3 civil court cases, which resulted in further losses of 40 million baht. The full details of these civil court cases was left out of the report, except for a detail that they were related to construction contracts.
Royal Thai Police used the PIBICS and BIOMETRICS databases to track down Mr. Yamada. The report states that he had been living in Thailand for more than 10 years and is married to a Thai woman.
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