Thai actress and wife of Benz Racing asks for more time over money laundering case

The lawyer for actress Napapa "Patt" Tantrakul has asked for more time to submit financial documents to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), its deputy chief Pol Maj-General Chatri Paisalsilpa said on Monday (March 27).

Investigators had previously set Tuesday as the deadline for handing in the documents, but Napapa requested a postponement until early April.

Chatri also revealed that investigators had issued a summons for an event organiser who reportedly hired Napapa for 1 million baht (S$41,000) to explain the employment contract.

Napapa had submitted the contract to the police when she went to testify along with her mother-in-law on March 17.

The 30-year-old actress was asked to explain the 10 million baht that was transferred to her accounts but she claimed that she had earned the money through her own work, Bangkok Post reported.

NSB investigators are checking the actress's assets and various sources of income to check if they are linked to the alleged money-laundering activities of her husband, motorbike racing star Akarakit Worarojcharoendet, also known as Benz Racing.

Akarakit has been charged with conspiracy with commit money laundering and has been released on bail, on condition he does not leave the country without court permission.

He is accused of buying a Lamborghini sports car with drug money from a network led by alleged Laotian drug kingpin Xaysana Keopimpa.

Napapa married Akarakit last November and gave birth to a baby boy in February this year.

The actress with her husband and their baby.Photo: The Nation/ANN