‘Joe Ferrari’ Case Lifts Lid on Thai Police Corruption

Flash Cop, Fast Cars

Revelations about Thitisan’s wealthy lifestyle and a string of celebrity relationships made headlines after his arrest.

Investigators told local media he owned a luxury mansion in Bangkok, a fleet of 42 top-end cars including a $1.5 million Lamborghini Aventador and had a personal fortune estimated at $18 million — all on a police superintendent’s salary of around $1,300 a month.

Activist Srisuwan Janya told AFP the anti-money laundering authority has been asked to investigate Thitisan’s wealth.

“It is impossible that a man with some 40,000-baht salary can have 40 cars including luxury cars,” Srisuwan said.

Some of Thitisan’s substantial wealth came from auctioning hundreds of imported luxury cars seized by Thai customs, according to senior officers quoted in local media.

Investigators are due to hand over their findings to the National Anti-Corruption Commission on September 24 before deciding whether to forward the case to the state prosecutor.