Fired worker went on spending spree with company credit card


Bangkok: A woman who was fired by her company took revenge by stealing her former boss’s credit card and splurging six million baht (RM795,000) to live a life of luxury for more than a year, police say.

Pol Col Phadol Chandon of the Economic Crime Suppression said Thamolwan Konthong, 32, was arrested at a house on Soi Kanchanapisek 39 in Dok Mai sub-district in Bangkok’s Prawet district on Monday.

Phadol said Thamolwan was arrested after the owner of the company in Samut Prakan where she used to work filed a complaint with the Economic Crime Suppression Division that a company credit card had been stolen.

The company owner only realised in early May that the credit card had been missing since late 2017, Phadol said.

During that time, company accountants thought the boss was using the card, so they paid the bills to the issuer, Kasikorn Bank.

Phadol said Thamolwan had been using up the monthly limit of 500,000 baht (RM66,242) since late 2017, causing six million baht in losses to the company.

According to the credit card bill, Thamolwan visited a gold shop in Samut Prakan more than 50 times, spending 100,000 baht (RM13,248) to 200,000 baht (RM26,497) at a time on gold ornaments and bars.

Police say she also used the card for stays at luxury hotels, paying between 20,000 baht and 80,000 baht (RM2,649 and RM10,598) per night, for first-class travel on domestic and international flights, and to buy smartphones and luxury-brand bags and clothes.

Police who made the arrest also discovered booty from the year-long spending spree piled up at Thamolwan’s home.

Among the items they seized were gold bars weighing 1.216kg, a gold necklace of 30.4g, a car, four smartphones, a GoPro action camera, a 55-inch TV, a notebook computer, an amplifier and luxury purses and handbags.

Police say Thamolwan confessed to stealing the credit card out of the anger after she was fired, then using it to live a life of luxury. — The Nation/Asia News Network

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