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Thai Visa Centre accuses former employee of stealing from a family seeking to travel to Thailand

Caitlin Ashworth

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Thai Visa Centre sent out a warning about a former employee, saying they discovered that he not only stole money from the company and staff members, but he also stole 130,000 baht from a family overseas who were planning to travel to Thailand.

The centre claims the former staff member, Asim Muhammad Mehran, has been stealing money from other employees for more than 5 months. They say this is a “huge shock” and they’ve contacted the police. Thai Visa Centre has sent out an email and made a post on Facebook warning people about the former employee.

“Not only has he been stealing money he also lied to the team about needing money for his sick father, and our staff helped his father pay for a fake heart operation in his home country.”

They say Asim had told some walk-in customers to contact him directly rather than through the centre’s official email or LINE. Thai Visa Centre is advising all clients and potential clients to only use the official forms of communication.

“Earlier this morning we made a post on Facebook explaining that Asim has been stealing from Grace, and TVC staff members.

It has also come to our attention that he has recently stolen money from a family of 4 trying to travel into Thailand to the sum of 130,000 baht.

We are worried this this is not an isolated situation, and if anyone has been in direct contact with him to please contact us ASAP.”

Thai Visa Centre accuses former employee of stealing from a family seeking to travel to Thailand | News by Thaiger

Message posted on the Thai Visa Centre Facebook page.

Thai Visa Centre ran into trouble in August of last year when immigration police raided the home of a couple who established the centre following complaints of forged documents. Police happened to find 60 cannabis plants in the home. The couple, American national Chad Vincent Scira and Thai national Grace Scira, were arrested.

The centre later issued a statement saying all the visas are officially obtained through immigration, adding that Grace had an issue with immigration several years ago which led to the inspection. They say she was growing cannabis as research for medicinal use.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    They claim it is a “huge shock”
    Not to me. Thais would scrap gold leaf of a Buddha statue to make money.
    They are the worlds worst liars and cheats.
    No theft is too small or too immoral to deter a Thai from scamming.

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    joe molinario

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 4:47 am

    My own Thai wife of 24 years ,( have 2 kids with her who are studying at universities in Bangkok), cheated me out of 5 million baht by selling our house/properties/ and cars motorcycles, all that belongs as well to the kids, aged 22 and 25 and me,I had made out a prenuptial before marriage but it’s invalid as foreigners cannot own properties here not even the kids as they are half german and Thai.I went to court, the judge said, divorce her, that would have cost me alltogether3 million baht incl. lawyer fees, court costs, and I would not have seen one single baht.

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    joe molinario

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 4:52 am

    she said ; she was growing 60 cannabis plants for research and medical use, her husband then sold the dope???

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    joe molinario

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 4:55 am

    All the protesters are stretching their arm out like in the HEIL HITLER GRUSS

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    Bee

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:08 am

    Just walk in to an immigration office and you will find plenty which will be willing to assist for cash in hand feee ….very sad but most of the government place here are like this ….
    Ther’is always the fast way $$$$

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    Tony

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Heard it so many times .I bought some land in my wife’s village and built a house and then in your heart you want to tell him No you paid for it she now owns every thing and if you don’t suit her ajenda all that love will fly out the window and you will be thrown out the front door.

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    7.62mm of darwin

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 4:40 am

    Graft and corruption have replaced most authorities in Thailand and if you know the game it is at least efficient. What you pay for is what you get, but remember ANY money spent in Thailand stays in Thailand.

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    Jeff

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    The weird broke old Western dudes always commenting here have me permanently confused.

    In 10 years in Thailand, with many girls, including doing business, having all sorts of expensive bikes and cars in their name, getting around a lot, NEVER had a single baht taken from me. Not ever, not once. Not even the slightest notion of anyone Thai around me ever doing the slightest improper thing.

    Who do these whiteys hang around that are so bad? Are these all old hookers and scumbangs? Do these guys have zero sense for people, or are they themselves that sketchy?

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Exactly, Jeff.

    Joe M, she didn’t “cheat” you out of anything – you gave it to her.

    YOUR CHOICE!

    You could have taken a lease on the house but you didn’t.

    YOUR CHOICE!

    And if your kids have Thai nationality, OF COURSE they can own property in Thailand.

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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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1,767 new Covid infections were reported this morning, the highest ever daily report of new cases in Thailand. The spokesperson for the CCSA also reported that there were also 128 people in serious condition, with 28 people on ventilators.

608,521 people have now received at least their first dose of Covid vaccine.

Bangkok continues to lead the way in the new infections although the clusters are popping up right around the country now. Bangkok reported 347 new infections, Chon Buri with 229, Chiang Mai with 164, Nonthaburi, just north and west of Bangkok, 100, Prachuap Khiri Khan 66 and Samut Prakan 64. Locally, Phuket officials announced an additional 26 cases today, taking the tally in this latest cluster to 156 infections*.

Covid UPDATE: 1,767 new infections for Sunday. Provincial totals. | News by ThaigerOnly 2 cases today were imported, everyone else who tested positive were living in Thailand.

The total number of infections in Thailand has now reached 42,352 people. There has been 2 additional deaths reported in the past 24 hours, taking that total to 101 dead from Covid-related disease. 13,569 people remain in state-monitored care.

Some provinces are adding their own restrictions, including demanding negative Covid tests if you’ve arrived from a red zone – Krabi and Trat have announced this already. The only exceptions are if you’ve had full doses of Covid vaccine or have just come from quarantine. Chiang Rai has announced a ‘request’ that citizens stay at home for the next 14 days.

In Phuket, the closure of entertainment venues has been further extended to the start of May.

Expect more provinces to make similar announcements in the next few days.

If you are travelling, or planning to travel, it would be recommended to pre-load the Mor Chana app on your phones and fill out the information. This will help avoid some delays as you arrive in new provinces.

*Readers should also realise that the local provincial health officials report daily as well. Those totals don’t usually find their way into the national daily tally until the next day.

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FILE PHOTO: Empty beds for Covid-19 patients are getting harder to find.

A shortage of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients is spreading throughout Thailand, as the Coronavirus surges through the country, and people are getting desperate to secure a bed for their loved ones. Even celebrities are posting on social media in an attempt to get a space in the rapidly filling hospitals. Government officials say there are enough beds for everyone with Covid-19 but not all beds are in luxury facilities. The National Health Security Office says a 700-person waiting list exists for Covid-19 infected patients to get a hospital bed. The NHSO performs daily check-ups and advice anyone needing help to call 1330 or the Department of Medical Services at 1668.

The president of the Private Hospital Association asserts that the shortage is not as dire as it seems, and a lot of the problem stems from how private hospitals are handling bed allocation. He claims that private hospitals didn’t make proper arrangements and are not referring Covid-19 infected patients out of their medical network in order to charge for treatment even though the government is paying for Covid-19 expenses.

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The Ministry of Public Health is considering self-treatment at home for patients who live alone when hospitals hit capacity. The Health Minister requested Friday a self-care guidebook be created by the Department of Medical Services designed for stay-at-home Covid-19 patients who may need to treat themselves. Asymptomatic patients will be the most likely to be assigned to self-care at home if they live alone and will not spread the virus.

The National Institute for Emergency Medicine and Erawan Medical Centre Bangkok of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration are working to create more beds and asking people to stay calm. They say Covid-19 beds are still available in Bangkok though numbers are limited. As of now, 9,183 beds exist in total with 4,244 still available, including new beds added to Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital and field hospitals at Bangkok Arena and Chalerm Phrakiat Bang Bon Stadium.

In the meantime, even celebrities have found themselves scrambling to find hospital beds for Covid-19 infected friends and family. Star Chiang Mai United footballer Boworn Tapla contracted Covid-19 on April 12 and then later discovered his wife and 2 daughters also were infected. After being placed in a long queue by the hospital that diagnosed them, Boworn posted a plea for help on Instagram. After 4 days, they finally found beds for his family at Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health in Bangkok, and yesterday Chiang Mai United management and the chairman of Chiang Mai provincial administrative organisation.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Siam Bioscience Co. says the July due date for delivering its locally-produced Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccines is still feasible. The company is currently sending vaccine samples to laboratories in Europe and the US for quality inspections. If they are approved, then the samples will be sent to AstraZeneca for final inspections. After that, the vaccines will be registered with Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration to be greenlighted for mass production. Siam Bioscience says it is capable of producing the vaccines domestically at almost the same rate as Australian and South Korean manufacturers as it is using the same technology from AstraZeneca.

The deputy government spokeswoman says that between 6-10 million doses of the vaccine will be ready to be administered in June. The corporate communication director of Siam Bioscience, Nualphan Lamsam, says the company is working as fast as it can.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration that the company has improved the vaccine’s efficacy against the Brazilian and South African strains of the coronavirus. But, there is no word yet on whether the company is also planning to improve the vaccine’s efficacy against the UK virus variant, known as B117. In Thailand, 608,521 people have now received at least their first dose of Covid vaccine.

Today, Thailand has reported the highest ever daily amount of new infections at 1,767. The spokesperson for the CCSA also reported that there were also 128 people in serious condition, with 28 people on ventilators. The third wave of Covid-19 has caused concern amongst authorities after announcing plans to reopen Phuket in July. The plan was to allow those foreign tourists, who are fully vaccinated, to enter the tourist island without needing to undergo a quarantine.

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