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Immigration’s New Biometric Authentication System Catches Malaysian With US$500,000 Using a Fake Passport

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BANGKOK – Thailand’s Immigration police arrested a Malaysian man for allegedly using a fake passport to board a flight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport while carrying cash worth US$500,000.

Pol Col Choengron Rimpadee, deputy commander of Immigration Division 2, said the man held a Malaysian passport with its holder’s name identified as Oh Chee Boon. He was about to board Philippine Airlines flight PR731 to the Philippines.

The new biometric authentication system of immigration police at the airport found that the man was not Oh Chee Boon. Police also found with him US$500,000 in cash and suspected him of being involved in transnational crime because information showed that he had used the fake passport to cross the Thai-Malaysian border for many times.

Pol Col Choengron said the Immigration Bureau was installing biometric authentication systems worth about 2 billion baht at their checkpoints nationwide to boost national security.

By Geoff Thomas