For many people living on the island of Samui, the events at the end of December 2004 were tragic as they lost friends, possessions and their loved ones. However, Kankanit Angkinant and her husband saw it as a way to avoid paying off debts.
Kankanit Angkinant, who is the daughter of former MP Piya Angkinant faked her death and underwent extensive facial surgery. She then assumed a new identity in order to avoid paying debts that she and her husband had accrued, which added up to more than eight million baht.
Crime Suppression Division police arrested the woman, who had been under surveillance for some time. “It took police four years to find and capture them,” Pol Col Kittisak Sukwattanakul, chief of CSD Division 5 commented to Samui Link.
Despite a lack of evidence, the police had been suspicious about the death of Kankanit Angkinant since her supposed death, when it was reported that her body had been found near Ko Phayam along with her identity card and credit card. Upon her ‘death’, Kankanit Angkinant’s family received a large sum of money in life insurance, all of which will now have to be returned.