SONGKHLA – Immigration Police in Southern Thailand have arrested a Vietnamese woman and her Thai accomplice who were allegedly members of a counterfeit-visa ring.
Songkhla police have seized 63 bogus visa stamps used to help people enter Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore at an apartment of Suthipong Kanung at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Bangkok Post reported.
The 47-year old Suthipong Kanung was arrested soon before police arrested Vietnamese National Do Thi Nghia, 46, at a different, undisclosed location in the southern province.
Police recovered 63 fake visa stamps used to enter Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Songkhla immigration chief Pol Col Sunthorn Arunnara said at a press conference.
Police said an earlier investigation showed that Suthipong had been acting as a coordinator for a Vietnamese broker, whose name was not revealed, of counterfeit visas in Malaysia.
He would be paid 1,500 baht per head for each illegal alien who used their visa services to enter the three countries.
Nghia’s role in the ring has not been disclosed.
Police say they are pressing charges of falsifying passports and visa stamps against the two suspects, adding that Suthipong also faces another narcotics charge as he was tested positive for illicit drug use.