Favourite actress facing 30 million drug money laundering probe

30 million baht was found in Patt's bank accounts that has yet to be traced.
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Actress Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul could face charges of money laundering and conspiracy to launder money after 30 million baht was found in her bank accounts that has yet to be traced.

Napapa: Facing potential indictment.

Her husband, Akarakit “Benz Racing” Worarojcharoendet, has already been indicted on the same charges after the arrest of the leader of a Laotian drug cartel.

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Pol Lt Gen Sommai Kongwisaisuk, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, said yesterday that Ms Napapa was among the relatives of Mr Akarakit summoned for questioning after police found about 100 million baht of unexplained money distributed among many groups of people. About 30 million baht was in the 30-year-old actress’s accounts.

After questioning her tomorrow, police will decide whether to indict Ms Napapa and then seek Criminal Court approval to place her in detention. Pol Lt Gen Sommai said if charges are laid, the actress will have the right to choose to testify only in court and to apply for bail.

Ms Napapa and Mr Akarakit, who are the same age, were married in November. They had a child in February.

Mr Akarakit is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to launder in connection with the bust of a major drug network run by Lao drug kingpin Xaysana Keopimpha, who is now in police custody.

Pol Lt Gen Sommai said earlier that police had established a link between Mr Akarakit’s financial transactions and those of the illicit drug network.

Mr Akarakit was released on bail of 500,000 baht.

Narcotics Suppression Bureau deputy chief Chatri Phaisalsil said Ms Napapa’s lawyer had contacted police investigators to tell them the actress would make herself available for questioning either on Thursday or Friday.

However, investigators said they would only wait until tomorrow for her to present herself for interrogation, the date of the appointment stated in the summons sent to her, said Pol Maj Gen Chatri.

If she fails to appear, a second summons would be issued requiring the actress to meet investigators on Thursday or Friday as requested by her lawyer, Pol Maj Gen Chatri said.

No charges will be laid until clearer information is obtained after the interrogation, he said.

The money in Ms Napapa’s bank accounts was not too much given that she normally had a high income, he said.

According to police accusations submitted to the court, Mr Akarakit colluded with Natthaphol “Boy” Nakkham to launder money. Mr Natthaphol was arrested on Feb 1 in connection with the Xaysana drug network.

Mr Natthaphol had allegedly supplied Mr Akarakit with drug money and the latter had used it to buy properties and run businesses, investigators said in the court submission.

-The Bangkok Post

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