Around 100 officers from the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) raided seven locations in Kanchanburi issuing summons for six individuals to hand themselves in for questioning in connection with the highly publicised dispute over ownership of the 30 million baht lottery jackpot from November 1 last year.
The dispute between Charoon Wimul, 62, a retired police officer and Preecha Kraikraun, 50, a school teacher has been heavily covered by the media and public opinion over the rightful owner is divided.
The chief of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) Pol Lt-General Thitrat Nongharnpitak attended the interviews with the six people summoned which included four currently unnamed police officers from the Muang Kanchanaburi precinct along with two female lottery ticket vendors.
Chief of the CSD Pol Maj-Genreal Maitri Chimcherd yesterday spoke out regarding a rumour circulating on social media that lottery ticket vendor Rattanaporn Supathip had confessed to lying about selling the tickets to Preecha as untrue and stated that the investigation is still ongoing.
Preecha spoke to reporters yesterday stating that officers had yet to question him and was willing to give information to the CSD upon request.
Police have since frozen Charoon’s bank account to which the 30 million baht lottery jackpot was deposited where it has been reported there is a total of 24.35 million baht of the prize money left.
A court date has been set for May 1 where the case is set to go before the Civil Court to determine which of the men is the rightful owner of the winning lottery tickets.
Charoon previously offered to drop any charges against Preecha if he admitted he was not the rightful owner but he refused choosing to go to court, since Charoon has filed a deformation of character complaint against the teacher.
Source : The Nation
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