Seller of GT200 fake bomb detectors given another 9 years in third conviction
In the third conviction concerning with the fake bomb detector known as GT200, Avia Satcom executive Sutthiwat Wattanakit was on Wednesday sentenced to nine years imprisonment by Don Mueang District Court for the supply of 6.8 million baht worth of the bogus detectors to the Central Forensic Science Institute.
The court found Sutthiwat guilty of fraud for providing fake information about GT200 bomb detectors, causing the Central Forensic Science Institute to place order for six devices worth altogether 6.8 million baht during 2007-2009.
Avia Satcom which was charged as the first defendant was fined 18,000 baht. But two staff members, Mrs Sasakorn Pluemjai and Ms Panthaweesap Sudyajai who were also charged were acquitted on ground that they were just employees.
Sutthiwat had been earlier convicted twice and sentenced to nine years for each conviction after he was found guilty of selling 600 million baht worth of fake GT200 bomb detectors to the Army Ordnance Department and nine million baht worth of similar devices to the Royal Aide de Camp Department.
So far, Sutthiwat has been given altogether 27 years in prison.
But none of the officials authorizing the procurement of the fake scanners has been charged yet as the cases are still being investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.