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Bangkok visa agent arrested for fake extensions

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If you’re looking into getting a visa, be careful what agency you choose. A Bangkok visa agent was arrested for allegedly forging visa extensions. Reports say the woman was charging thousands of baht for the fake extensions.

The 33 year old woman Thai media reports as Sukanya has a shop in northern Bangkok advertised as a visa agency. A Burmese woman paid Sukanya 13,000 baht to extend her Non-LA visa. The stamp stated the woman was permitted to stay in Thailand until March 2021. The Burmese woman later realised the stamp was fake and reported it to the Immigration Bureau on July 30.

Police say Sukanya admitted to faking the stamps. Apparently she would sometimes issue real extensions to avoid getting caught. Police say her services started at 5,000 baht. Police did not report the name of the visa agency.

The Immigration Bureau suspects there are others posing as visa agents and they are investigating, Thai media reports.

Earlier this month, an American man and a Thai woman were arrested for allegedly issuing fake visas under the Bangkok company Thai Visa Centre. After the news got out, the company posted on Facebook saying that all of the visas are official and 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.'”

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    Ralph Stern

    August 27, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Oh yes, not the first or not the last one . There are so many of the visa that farangs can buy ,that is fake handle, another type of business that going on for years. Different type of one year visa that they pay a service for a “runner” taking care of it.

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    Perceville Smithers

    August 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    This offense will cause a visitor a lot of trouble at the airport. Imigration/Passport Control ONLY accepts cash for overstaying and depending on the length of your visit, it might exceed your amount on-hand,withdrawal allowance or exceed available funds.

    The penalty should be stiff for this type of offense.

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    Katrina Davidson

    August 27, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    There are a lot of so called visa agents advertising right now who say no worries if on amnesty, just pay us and all will be good. Ed visas with no study and volunteer without ever seeing the charity.

    There is no visa to go on legally from Amnesty for many here who have outside income. Coupled with the “get lost by 26th, we don’t want you” message from government and you have a perfect storm for scammers.

    Unfortunately, none of this money goes to official government pockets to be dispursed and help provide relief for the Thai people. Would be nice if immigration made a 3 or 6 month visa for those stuck here and want to stay. Charge around 20k and use it to help improve the situation for Thais suffering due to COVID.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Around 10 villagers hospitalised after chemical spill in Samut Prakan

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Around 10 people were hospitalised after a chemical tank spilled at a village in Samut Prakan, just southeast of Bangkok. Those near the spill reported feeling nauseous and some had trouble breathing. Officials do not known what chemical was in the tank.

The 1 metre tank had been taken to the woods by 2 employees at a Bangphli Niwet Village second hand shop who hoped they could take it apart and sell the scrap metal. The 2 employees fainted when the tank spilled. Trees and grass in a 100 metre radius of the chemical spill died.

The chemical let off a strong odour and Thai media says the fumes spread to the village. Those at the second hand shop, close by to the chemical spill, started to feel nauseous and some had trouble breathing. Some people reported skin rashes after the incident. Around 10 villagers, including children, were sent to hospital.

Thai media says police secured the area and sprayed water into the air. 500 metres around the tank has been sealed off and workers are cleaning the area to remove the chemical. Medics are doing health checks to make sure others are not experiencing symptoms from the fumes.

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Man arrested for fake immigration documents operation at Bangkok grocery store

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A Burmese man was arrested after he allegedly faked work permit documents and stamps, operating at a produce shop in Bangkok near the Myanmar Embassy. After a number of cases involving Burmese migrants with fake visa documents and bogus stamps, immigration officers investigated the grocery store, posing as customers.

Many customers entering the grocery store didn’t buy vegetables and were seen exchanging documents, according to Thai media. After going undercover and collecting evidence, immigration officials arrested the Burmese man, Thai media reports as Ong, and 2 women allegedly involved in the scheme. They searched the property and found a large number of Myanmar passports and various kinds of stamps.

Ong allegedly admitted to producing fake immigration stamps, work permit applications and other immigration documents. He charged around 2,000 to 3,000 baht for his services, police say. Ong, who has lived in Thailand for a while and can read Thai, allegedly told police he acquired legal work permits and the proper documents, becoming familiar with the stamps and documents needed by immigration. He allegedly told police he copied immigration stamps as well as stamps from hospitals used on medical certificates.

Thai media says immigration police are now expanding their investigation to crack down on other operations producing fake visa documents and stamps.

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Immigration police arrest 3 at Bangkok airport, 2 Thais allegedly had fake US visas

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Thai immigration police arrested 3 people at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport after immigration officials checked their biometrics system. Police arrested 2 Thai nationals who were attempting to leave the country with fake United States visas and another Thai woman who was allegedly involved in a romance scam gang.

The Thai man and woman were caught while going through an immigration check at the airport. They say they each paid 50,000 baht for the visas, hoping to travel to America. They sent their passports to the visa seller and had set up a meeting to pick them up. Thai media did not give details on who was selling the visas. Police called the United States Embassy, confirming the visas are fake and no visas from the United States have been issued under the 2 names.

Immigration police also arrested a Thai woman allegedly involved in money laundering and a romance scam gang, according to Thai media. Reports don’t go into detail about the woman’s charges, but say she was allegedly involved in international crime and had an Interpol red notice. Immigration officials confirmed her location by checking the airport’s biometrics system.

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