Chonlada Wattano

Chonlada Wattano was accused of lese majeste and sentenced to 30 years in prison, probably in 2016 or 2017.

The case came to light when the Anti-Money Laundering Office reported on its seizures of undeclared banknotes. In that report, AMLO said it had seized six assets worth Bt4.4 million from a fraud suspect Chonlada Wattano and several others. That report stated that Chonlada and her accomplices were accused of having, during late 2008 to mid-2013, defrauded a former president of Yala-based Than Nam Thip farmers’ group of 9.4 million baht.

Police claimed that Chonlada had claimed to be a niece of a royal family member and money to fight a court battle. She allegedly promised to reward the group with more money and 1,000-rai of land at the conclusion of the trial.

The group later discovered they had been deceived when Chonlada was arrested on a separate lese majeste and fraud and sentenced to a 30-year imprisonment. They then filed a complaint against her. That resulted in the Amlo decision to seize the assets.

It isn’t clear how much of the 30 years was the lese majeste sentence.

Media accounts of Cholada’s case:

The Nation, 21 June 2018: “Alleged smuggled Bt98 million seized by Amlo