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Napapa to face money laundering charges

Napapa 'Pat' Thantrakul and her bicycle racing husband,'Benz' during better times. Instagram/@benzracing

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Police will charge actress Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul with money laundering, allegedly for 30 million baht unaccounted for in her bank accounts after her husband "Benz" faced the same charge in connection with a Lao drug cartel.

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'Patt' to face money-laundering charges

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Police will charge actress Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul with money laundering and laundering conspiracy, allegedly for 30 million baht unaccounted for in her bank accounts after her husband faced the same charges in connection with a Lao drug cartel.

Pol Lt Gen Sommai Kongwisaisul, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, said on Saturday that Ms Napapa would be among the relatives of Akarakit “Benz Racing” Worarojcharoendet summoned for questioning because police found about 100 million baht suspiciously connected to many groups of people. Of the sum, about 30 million baht was with the 30-year-old actress’s accounts.

After the questioning on Monday, police would inform the actress of the charges and would seek the Criminal Court’s approval for her detention right away. Police interrogators would object to her temporary release, the commissioner said.

Ms Napapa married her husband of the same age last November and had a child in mid-February.

Akarakit ‘Benz’ Worarojchroendet and Napapa ‘Patt’ Tantrakul after the birth of their child last month. Instagram

Early this month, Mr Akarakit was charged with money laundering and laundering conspiracy in connection with a recent crackdown of the major drug network run by Lao drug kingpin Xaysana Keopimpha, 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 for 500,000 baht.

According to the police investigators' accusations submitted to the court against Mr Akarakit, he colluded to launder money with Natthaphol "Boy" Nakkham, who 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, said the investigators in the charges submitted to the court.

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