There’s no indication if she operated alone or for how long.
On February 19th, 2021, the Revenue Department reported a complaint to the Crime Suppression Division to prosecute Ms. Chanan Nattapok, 36 years of age, with using illegal tax invoices to cause more than 800 million baht in damages.
She was arrested around Soi 17 On Nut in the Suan Luang district of Bangkok.
Details are scant about how this woman pulled off the scheme or how long it ran.
It makes one wonder if she acted alone, had accomplices, or if this was just a very savvy lone actor who was able to pillage the coffers of the Thai treasury for nearly a billion baht.
I will be following this story closely as it’s such a significant sum. I’ve looked in several Thai news outlets for more details, but only two had any coverage of the situation and they essentially ran the same exact details in their stories.
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My take: This one’s a real head-scratcher. Stay tuned for more details if and when they come out.
I do have a hunch that this one might get buried as it’s such a significant blunder.
EDIT: After talking to a few True Crime Thailand readers, it’s likely this was a VAT refund scheme.
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