Police apprehended four Pakistani males during a raid on a residence in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district’s Khlong Chan neighborhood. The police raid was in response to an allegation that a gang of individuals from Pakistan had issued false visas for visitors wishing to visit the Schengen Area, which consists of 27 European nations.
The immigration police sent an undercover agent to contact the group about obtaining a Schengen visa.
The agent handed over his passport and signed a Schengen visa application form to the group. He eventually returned the passport with the Schengen visa to the group after paying them 7,000 Euros (approximately 267,000 baht).
The immigration officers transported the passport to the Italian embassy, which confirmed the visa was a forgery. This prompted a raid on an apartment in Soi Lat Phrao 148, during which the four suspects were apprehended.
Police Arrest Italian o Red Notice
Adriano Corrado, 63, an Italian male, was arrested in at a condominium in the Nong Prue section of Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district.
The arrest came after Interpol’s Rome office requested that the Royal Thai Police’s Foreign Affairs Division arrest and return Mr Corrado to Italy for judicial proceedings.
The individual had a Red Notice for robbery and was reported to have fled to Thailand.
According to Interpol, Mr Corrado and his associates stole an elderly couple, a blind man, and a crippled woman of 28,000 Euros (about 1 million baht), diamonds, bracelets, watches, and their bank accounts.
Mr Corrado landed in Thailand on February 8, 2020, and received an old visa that allowed him to stay until January 30, 2023.
Russian Arrested on Red Notice
Authorities apprehended Nikolai Shtanko, 32, a Russian national, while he was going for Malaysia at a border gate in Khuan Don district, Satun province. He had overstayed his visa.
A search of the Immigration Bureau database revealed that the man was wanted by Interpol under an Interpol Red Notice.
According to the database, the individual was a member of a criminal organization that conducted unlawful electronic money transactions in Moscow between October 2008 and July 2023.
Mr. Shtanko had been charged with overstaying his visa and was scheduled to be deported.
South Korean’s Online Gambling Kingpins Arrested
Police also captured two South Korean nationals, the operators of the internet gaming website “OPPA CASINO,” after they fled to Thailand.
The preliminary inquiry found that both individuals face a charge of overstaying.
Mr. Park Kyungjun and Mr. Park Jongmin were found in violation of the South Korean government’s arrest warrants and Interpol’s red warnings for creating gambling facilities without permission.
Both accused were the owners of a Korean-only online gaming website. Before escaping to Thailand, they opened an office in a nearby nation.
Investigation revealed that both suspects had been involved in organizing gambling activities since 2019, with a total turnover of roughly 5.9 billion Thai Baht.
To acquire information, the authorities collaborated with the Republic of Korea’s Embassy in Thailand. The couple had been living in Bangkok’s Klong Toey and Wattana districts.
They were apprehended and confessed to their crimes. The suspects will appear before immigration authorities for legal proceedings and deportation.