CHIANG RAI – Immigration Police chief Pol Lt-General Surachate Hakparn held a press conference on Thursday to announce the arrest of three fraudsters that scammed eight Chinese Nationals out of $ 6000 each for fake U.S. Entry Visa’s.
Ms. Sutthida Phoprom, 33 and her Chinese husband Wang Yunyu, 39 were arrested in their home in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen district, while Arkom Promnuan, 40 was arrested at the Iayara Market in Pathum Thani Province.
Pol Lt-General Surachate said that arrests follow complaints from two Chinese men on March 16 that they had been duped out of $6,000 each by the three suspects.
The complainants said they had made the payment at a hotel in Pathum Thani’s Thanyaburi district after the group promised to get them an entry visa to the US. However, when they got their passports back, they discovered that the visa stamps were fake.
Immigration Police investigators found that Wang had posted advertisements on Chinese social media saying he could get U.S. entry visas for Chinese passport holders.
The group then persuaded their victims to come to Bangkok, and Sutthida would meet them at the airport before escorting them to a hotel. Once the victims paid the fees, Arkom would then take their passports and stamp them with a so-called US entry visa.