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French man 'scammed' of 276,000 Baht by Thai bride

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French Man 'Scammed' Of 276,000 Baht By Thai Bride

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UDON THANI: -- A French architect told police he had been duped by a Thai woman who promised to marry him and cheated him of 276,000 baht worth of dowry only to turn him away after the wedding ceremony.

Mr. Michel Sebald, 60, visited the police in Udon Thani with his interpreter to file charge against Ms. Pitchayanun Hirunthongwichean, a Thai woman whom he said he met in an online dating site.

The Frenchman told police via his interpreter that he worked as an architect in France, earning around 400,000 baht per month. Divorced some time ago, he reportedly browsed through an online dating site in December 2012 and met Ms. Pitchayanun.

According to Mr. Michel, Ms. Pitchayanun told him she works as assistant to court attorney and prefers foreign men, especially French men, to Thai men. He said he "fell in love" with Ms. Pitchayanun because of her politeness, manner, and beauty. He eventually asked her to marry after 4 months of correspondence.

Once she agreed, Mr. Michel said, he wired her 20,000 baht to buy plane ticket to France, but Ms. Pitchayanun told him he had to attend traditional wedding ceremony in Thailand. On 5 March this year, he arrived at Nong Gung Tub Ma village in Udon Thani - reportedly where Ms. Pitchayanun lived - and entered the wedding ceremony attended by hundreds of guests, Mr. Michel said.

He told police he spent 276,000 baht in dowry gifts for the woman, including engagement ring, gold, iPad, and iPhone. He said he also bought a brand-name bag worth of 50,000 baht as a surprise gift to Ms. Pitchayanun. After the ceremony, Mr. Michel said, he and Ms. Pitchayanun spent 2 nights at a hotel in the province′s town center.

Full story: http://www.khaosod.co.th/en/view_newsonline.php?newsid=TVRNM01qWTFOVGt5TXc9PQ==

-- KHAOSOD English 2013-07-01

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