BANGKOK – Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn has told a press briefing in Bangkok that six people, three Immigration Officials. Two Thai Nationals and a Nigerian have been arrested for forging visa stamps for foreigners entering the country illegally.
Immigration Police officers, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Witthayakorn Sarachan, 39, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Thepparit Yorsaeng, 47 and Pol Cpl Supachai Seemasing, 31 were arrested along with Thai Nationals Wichet Thaweekayuchan, 39, Somsak Bilrem, 44 and Nigerian National Victor Adeola, 34, Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn said
Their Arrests come after the arrest of a Cameroon woman, Nta Mirelle Laure, 34, for illegal entry during recent raids targeting premises housing foreigners overstaying their visas in Southern Thailand.
She was found to have a fake visa stamp in her passport.
Police extended the investigation, leading to the arrest of the six suspects for forging visa stamps, the Immigration Bureau chief said.
The Nigerian acted as an agent, contacting foreigners who had illegally entered the country and wanted to stay here. He charged them 30,000-40,000 baht each for fake visa stamps.
The Nigerian forwarded lists of customers to Mr Wichet and Mr Somsak, who collected service fees from the agent and later contacted Pol Snr Sgt Maj Thepparit.
The officer then ordered the two other immigration officers, both based at Suvarnabhumi airport, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Witthayakorn and Pol Cpl Supachai, to handle the procedures.
Mr Wichet and Mr Somsak had come to know Pol Snr Sgt Maj Thapparit when they assisted police at the Sadao immigration checkpoint in Songkhla.
Pol Lt Gen Surachate said the bureau also arrested five other male foreigners – three from Nigeria and one each from South Africa and Ivory Coast – for having fake visa stamps in their passports. The five had worked at language schools.
By Wassayos Ngamkham
The Bangkok Post