Former movie star given suspended jail term for operating illegal money transfer business

Former teenage heart-throb Ratthapoom Tokongsap, alias Film Ratthapoom, was this morning given a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, by the Criminal Court after he and three other business associates were found guilty of operating an electronic fund transfer business without permission.

The 33-year former actor was also placed under probation for one year and ordered to perform community service for 24 hours.

Film and his three other associates, Saravuth Nonthapa, Thanet Jattawapornpanich and Poomipat Prasertwit, are board directors of Payall Group Company Limited which was charged with operating illegal e-money transfer business.

According to the charges, the four defendants operated electronic fund transfer via an application on smart phones from October 2016 until February 2017 without a permission in violation of the law on electronic fund transfer business.

All pleaded guilty during the trial.

The court fined Saravuth 200,000 baht and sentenced the rest, including Film, to one-year in prison and fined them 100,000 baht each.  But due to their confession, the court halved the jailterm to six months and suspected it to two years and fined them 50,000 baht each.

All were placed under probation for one year during which they were required to perform community service for 24 hours.

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