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Actor quizzed over fake vehicle registration scam


POPULAR Thai-German actor Mario Maurer was questioned by cyber crime police over a fake classic and vintage vehicle registration scam but it is initially believed that he did not deliberately buy one with a fake vehicle registration booklet attached, Naewna newspaper said today (Aug. 9).

After the questioning Mario briefly told the press that he was not worried about anything and is confident in his innocence.

He added that he had handed all the information and evidence to the investigators but could not disclose the details.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Amnat Tripot, deputy chief of the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau, also said that initially it seems Mario probably did not deliberately buy the classic vehicle that has a fake official ownership booklet.

However investigators had yet to prove that the actor did not intend to buy this vehicle but if it is proven that he actually did so then he would be considered guilty.

Earlier this morning Pol. Lt. Gen. Torsak Sukwimon, assistant national police chief and head of the centre for suppression of car and motorcycle theft, said two suspects had been arrested on the charges of hacking the Land Transport Department’s DMD system to change the registration of some vehicles to match their own figures and then issuing and selling new booklets with the fake figures.

The two suspects, Mr. Sathien (surname withheld), 38, and Mr. Sirisorn, 44, mainly changed the registration of classic and vintage vehicles and sold them to the aficionados at 500,000 to 3 million baht, he said.

Investigation led to 65 such vehicles worth 77 million baht with one of them, a white Benz G300, being owned by Mario which led to him being summoned for questioning.


Mario Maurer and his classic Benz G300, above, and being questioned by the police, Front Page. Photos: Thai Rath

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