A Filipino man having Hong Kong residency is said to have been arrested by Thai police early Sunday after he allegedly made a false claim that he had been robbed, Apple Daily reported.
Authorities detained him after discovering that he had filed a false complaint that one of his bags with a mobile phone and a MacBook computer had been stolen, according to the report.
The man, a 22-old named Wong Wai Ki Warwick Taboctabo, arrived in Phuket Saturday afternoon by plane. He told the police that he took a taxi to a restaurant and found there that someone had stolen his bag.
While lodging a complaint at the police station, the man claimed that he had just 200 baht (US$5.93) left with him and that he has no accommodation or friends in Phuket to contact for help.
However, the police found a key card of a hotel in a bag he still carried. After taking him back to the room he rented, the police found the phone and computer were right there.
According to the police, the suspect admitted that he tried to secure a police certificate over the alleged robbery which he could use later to file an claim for insurance compensation.
He has been charged with filing a false police complaint, and could face three years in prison and/or a fine of 6,000 baht.
According to a Hong Kong lawyer, if the suspect returns to the city and files insurance claims with fake information, he could face a jail term of up to 14 years if the fraud is uncovered.
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