Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, right, deputy commissioner of tourist police, explains the "Big Joke" imposter case to reporters at the Royal Thai Police Office on Tuesday. A taxi driver pretending to be him was given more than 5 million baht (US$156,000) in bribes by officers wanting promotions. Photo: Thai tourist police

Thai police officers try to bribe deputy police chief for promotions, send money to an imposter instead

Suspect appeared credible after the first officer, who paid a one million baht bribe was promoted, but this was a coincidence

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Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, right, deputy commissioner of tourist police, explains the "Big Joke" imposter case to reporters at the Royal Thai Police Office on Tuesday. A taxi driver pretending to be him was given more than 5 million baht (US$156,000) in bribes by officers wanting promotions. Photo: Thai tourist police
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