“KING OF FAKE LIQUOR” ARRESTED IN BANGKOK
By Staff Reporter
Chan Fat Yat, a 63-year-old Malaysian national dubbed “King of Fake Liquor”, has been arrested in a car park at a Bangkok shopping mall last week, according to Thailand police force.
Chan was held on charges of illegally producing liquor, falsifying trademarks and overstaying his visa, he was said to have admitted to having produced counterfeit foreign whisky for more than 30 years.
In a media briefing held last Tuesday, Thailand’s Tourist Police Bureau (TPB) said Chan was arrested while delivering whisky to a customer in the car park of The Mall Bang Kapi shopping complex last Monday afternoon.
The police have seized from him 26 bottles of fake Johnnie Walker, 132 screw tops with foreign whisky brand names, 100 empty bottles with Johnnie Walker labels, 252 fake duty stamps, fake labels for Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal and Bin 389 wine, and associated goods.
His arrest came after tourist police based at Suvarnabhumi airport were advised by immigration officers of a suspect parcel en route from Hat Yai airport to Suvarnabhumi.
When the parcel arrived the officers examined it and found it contained items such as empty foreign whisky bottles, screw tops and labels with foreign whisky names.
The parcel was addressed to “Mr Chan Fat Yat”. Police investigations found that he is a Malaysian national and was due to deliver fake whisky to a client at the shopping mall car park last Monday.
TPB officers said the suspect admitted during interrogation that he had produced fake foreign whisky for more than 30 years and is known as “King of Fake Liquor”.
Thai media reported that investigators learned that the suspect had also used Grab Bike services to deliver his moonshine to customers.
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