Actress Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul arrives at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau on March 17 to give a statement in the investigation into her husband and his alleged links to a drug gang’s money-laundering activities. (Photo by Krit Promsaka na Sakolnakorn)
Authorities will confiscate 1.5 million baht from Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul for examination after the actress admitted the money belonged to her husband, who has been charged with money laundering in connection with a Lao drug cartel.
NSB deputy chief Chatri Phaisalsil said on Saturday that the decision followed an examination of Ms Napapa’s financial transactions, in particular a transfer of 1.5 million baht to one of her bank accounts.
The 30-year-old actress admitted the money belonged to her husband, Akarakit “Benz Racing’’ Worarojcharoendet, the officer said.
At this stage, investigators have not pressed any charges against Ms Nappa as they have found no links with any offence, Pol Maj Gen Chatri added.
Mr Akarakit earlier had his Lamborghini seized after it was found to have been purchased with drug money from Natthapphol Nakkham, alias Boy, who was allegedly part of a major drug gang headed by Lao national Xaysana Keopimpha, 42.
Ms Napapa and her lawyer on Friday submitted documents relating to her money transactions to Pol Maj Gen Chatri at the NSB. There was no media circus this time as authorities kept the visit quiet.
On March 17 the actress faced a media mob scene when she arrived at the NSB for questioning in connection with 10 million baht she received from her husband.
After questioning, she told reporters that she earned all the money in her accounts through her own work. She also said she did not know everything about the life of her husband, as their relationship was only one year old.
Mr Akarakit was earlier summoned for questioning after police suspicions were aroused by about 100 million baht connected to many groups of people.
He was charged early this month with money laundering and conspiracy to launder money following the arrest of Mr Xaysana and the ongoing investigation into his extensive network of dealers and smugglers. launder money following the arrest of Mr Xaysana and the ongoing investigation into his extensive network of dealers and smugglers.
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