NSB to summon actress Pat for questioning again as suspicion remains over money transactions

The Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) will summon leading actress "Pat" Naphapa Tantrakul for questioning again after her testimony involving her money transactions to her husband "Benz Racing" remains unclear.

NSB deputy commissioner Pol Maj-Gen Chatree Phaisarlsilp said Monday that transactions of cash worth two million baht as clarified by Pat remains suspicious although the actress would confirm it came from her entertainment business.

She claimed she transferred the amount to her husband Benz Racing or Akkrakit Worarojcharoendet but 500,000 baht was later transferred back to her bank account, the chief investigator said.

However she still could not produce transaction slips to confirm the money transfer, prompting investigators to suspect the money was laundered from the drug business linked to the arrested Laotian drug lord Xaysana Keophimpa.

The officer said she will summoned for questioning again to clarify with evidence, but has no yet fixed the date.

She will be given time to collect evidence, he said and added that her employer will also be summoned to give information on filing her tax payment.

He also said 3-4 employees of Benz Racing at his motorcycle shop will also be summoned for questioning again.

Earlier last Friday, she reported to the NSB to clarify her assets and 30 million baht in several bank accounts after her husband was charged with money laundering involving the Laotian drug lord’s narcotic syndicate.

She was also accompanied by Mrs Supornpen Woraroj-Charoendej, the mother of Benz Racing or Akkarakit Woraroj-Charoendej, and lawyer.

After four hours of questioning, Naphapa insisted that the money she owned in bank accounts were not as much as 30 million baht as NSB police claimed.

She insisted that all her money came from the job she was doing in entertainment business.