Thai transvestite arrested on suspicion of scamming Japanese men


Thai police said Wednesday they have arrested a transvestite on suspicion of swindling money from more than 100 Japanese men.

The 39-year-old jobless Bangkok man named Utai Nantakan admitted that he has committed fraud against only Japanese men for the past 10 years, deceiving the victims into giving him a total of at least 10 million baht, police said.

Utai is accused of borrowing money from Japanese tourists and businessmen mainly in the Sukhumvit district by pretending to be a lost and penniless foreign woman and never returning the money.

Receiving many complaints about similar scams, the Japanese embassy in the Thai capital had requested the police investigation.

The suspect told reporters that he had once fallen prey to a Japanese swindler and decided to revenge himself on Japanese men.