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Immigration police nab American, Thai wife for visa forgery, cannabis

Jack Burton



PHOTOS: Nation Thailand

Immigration police yesterday announced the arrest of an American, and his Thai wife for allegedly forging visas and other government documents, as well as growing cannabis, at their home. 31 year old Chad Vincent Scira, and his 34 year old Thai wife Grace Scira, were apprehended at their Bangkok home.

“The suspects established a company called Thai Visa Centre, offering a visa-forging service for foreigners and advertising via the Internet. We tracked down their operation to a house in Soi Seri Thai 73 in Bangkok’s Khannayao district. At the house officials found several forged documents and 55 rubber stamps with the seals of different Thai government departments.”

“On the second floor of the house officials also found 60 cannabis plants being grown organically, 99 grams of dried cannabis, a cannabis oil extractor, a vacuum sealer, a scale and several items to take cannabis. The suspects said they grew the plants for personal consumption, but the evidence suggests they did it for sale. Police charged them with manufacturing a narcotic substance.”

A preliminary investigation showed the couple bought the house 3 years ago and allegedly began carrying out their visa-forging business and growing cannabis. Police are investigating their money trail for possible involvement in a drug cartel.

The Admin of the Facebook page named by police in this story contacted The Thaiger asking us to post their comment about the allegations, threatening us and other media…

“Please do not be concerned about what has been spreading in the news. All of our visas are officially obtained through immigration.

Immigration has already checked all of our visas, and concluded that they are NOT fake. So please don’t be concerned, all of the statements in the news are “alleged”.

One of our former partners named Grace, had a problem 5 years ago, and this caused immigration to inspect her, and they found that she was growing weed for research, with technology. For purpose of medicinal treatment.

If you truly worry you may check with your local immigration to confirm that your visa is on the system. But please be aware that EVERY visa we have assisted with is on the system is done through immigration.

If you are still concerned, and we are currently processing your visa and wish to cancel the process please contact us via LINE. We always support all customers the best we can.”

Immigration police nab American, Thai wife for visa forgery, cannabis | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    no shame

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Fake news. Okay guys now i know that you make fake stories to sell your news.
    Shame on u

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      Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7:08 am

      what was the tip off that it’s fake news?

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      Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 11:32 am

      What makes you think it’s fake?

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        Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:22 pm

        Debunked story. Please research your sources thaiger.

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    Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    and you thought you had visa problems?

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    Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7:15 am

    For a foreigner/farang to set up an operation to scam other farangs regarding visas is particularly foul. I’m sure the penalty for the cannabis is greater but I don’t feel sorry for him.

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    Fon Saewa

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    This story is 100% fake! I have just returned from the offices of Thai Visa Centre and it’s business as usual. Jake Burton and The Taiger, shame on you. You have lost all journalistic credibility. I also note Bangkok Post did not publish this fake news story.

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      James King

      Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      Fon Saewa. What proof is there that this story is fake or true? You would hardly expect Thai Visa Centre to say – Yes, it’s true – we were arrested – would you? Why don’t you go to Immigration or the Police. You might get a completely different story from them. Then you can call Thaiger – Fake News. The Thaiger haven’t denied it. Thai Visa Centre haven’t said it is a fake story or that they were not arrested. If Thai Immigration issue long term visas without having to put 800,000 baht in a Thai bank, why don’t they say so? I asked Phuket Immigration if these agents were legit and they said we don’t recommend you to deal with them. How are expats supposed to believe anything? Nothing makes any sense.

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    David Bell

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    This is FAKE NEWS… Thai Visa Centre are still operating… If they were really caught for these alledged charges, then I can guarantee you all now and I would put my house on this…. that they would have been totally SHUT DOWN… Yet they are operating as usual… No disruptions whatsoever.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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