The infamous dowry scammer is believed to have made off of approximately THB2 – THB3 million by marrying 12 men over the past six years and fleeing with the dowry cash each time, said celebrity lawyer Songkran Achariyasap.
Yesterday, Songkran led seven of the 12 victims of runaway bride Jariyaporn Buayai, 32, to file a police complaint at the Crime Suppression Division. Each victim lost money and assets, ranging from THB50,000 to THB1.2 million, Bangkok Biz News reported.
The story of marriage con artist Jariyaporn, also referred to by nicknames including “Nammon” and “Porn,” has just gotten more intense. It was discovered she started marrying men for dowries in 2011, with weddings were held all over Thailand, from Yasothon to Udon Thani, Pathum Thani, and Prachuap Khiri Khan. At all weddings, her parents also attended, seemingly endorsing her deceit.
Songkran said that all victims’ stories were similar. It all started with Facebook chats that led to real dates. Then Jariyaporn asked the men to invest in her fruit business and marry her. But a few days after the wedding, she would tell the man that she needs to go away to deal with the fruit business and disappear.
One of the victims, Pirat Puengsuk, 28, lost THB180,000 in dowry money and a Toyota pickup truck. The financial cost of the damage totaled THB1.2 million.
Pirat said he got to know Jariyaporn in April of this year on Facebook. After just two months, he decided to marry her and paid THB180,000 in dowry.
Pirat said he admired Jariyaporn because she always sent photos of herself working in the fruit business. Therefore, he quickly decided to quit his job as a transport driver to work with her and build their future together.
“She demanded that I marry her before investing in the business together because it was her family’s tradition. If we weren’t married, we couldn’t do business together,” Pirat told Amarin.
Pirat said he trusted her with all his heart, but just one day after the wedding, she borrowed his truck to pick up fruit in another province and disappeared with the vehicle.
“I’m so hurt by what happened. I want her to redeem herself and not do this to other people,” he said.
Another victim, Wiphol Posuwan said Jariyaporn showed him the ultrasound film of their “baby,” to prove she was pregnant. He agreed to transfer THB520,000 into her bank account for the dowry. After that, Jariyaporn told him she lost the baby and disappeared, Amarin reported.
Despite being conned, Wiphol described the victim as “charming” and said he really looked forward to building a future with her.
Lawyer Songkran said during all the relationships, Jariyaporn went by the name Soipetch Paleewan, which belongs to another woman. This other woman, Soipetch, is also the owner of the bank account that the victims transferred money to. Soipetch is believed to work with Jariyaporn in the scam.
Songkran filed the charges of fraud against Jariyaporn, Soipetch, and Jariyaporn’s parents. They could each face five years in prison and a fine of THB100,000.
Police are gathering evidence as the investigation as ongoing.