CSD to conclude 30-million baht lottery ownership fight case this week

Crime Suppression Division police are expected to conclude its investigation into the ownership conflict over five First Prize lottery tickets worth 30 million baht between a retired police officer and a schoolteacher this week.

CSD commander Pol Maj-Gen Maitree Chimcherd said Tuesday (Dec 19) that police in charge of the case had gathered enough circumstantial and forensic evidence to prove whose ownership claims between the two were more credible.

Pol Maj-Gen Maitree Chimcherd

He said there is no need to for the CSD men to go to Kanchanaburi province for more evidence.

Pol Maj-Gen Maitree said he would chair a meeting of CSD police handling the case to prepare the complete investigation report to be sent to the Central Investigation Bureau commissioner for consideration.

The conflict flared up on Nov 28 when Pol Lt Charoon Wimon, a retired police officer, was invited to Kanchanaburi police station and was informed that Mr Preecha Kraikruan, a schoolteacher of a high school in the province, had lodged a complaint with the police, accusing Mr Charoon of stealing his lottery tickets.

Ever since, Mr Charoon’s bank account in which he had already deposited the 30 million baht prize from the winning lottery tickets has been frozen.

As for the other lottery ownership fights reported in Suphan Buri, Nakhon Nayok and Udon Thani, Pol Maj-Gen Maitree said that police had not uncovered any clue which would indicate that the ownership claims were organized.

He clarified that the CSD had to step in to investigate these cases in order to pre-empt copy-cats.