Police impersonator busted for trafficking

A man who impersonated a police officer was arrested at an immigration checkpoint in Mae Sot district in Tak on Thursday for smuggling illegal workers.

  • Published: 21/03/2013 at 07:46 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

Pol Col Pongnakhon Nakhonsantiparp, chief of the Mae Sot immigration office, said policemen found five illegal immigrants in Piyapong Srisohpha's vehicle as he was driving through a checkpoint, according to Post Today.

The man wore a police uniform and falsely claimed that he was a police captain who works for the Provincial Police Region 5 by using a fake identification card.

Police officers were not convinced and later found out that Mr Piyapong was an impostor, Pol Col Pongnakhon said.

Mr Piyapong confessed he was a fish and shrimp farm owner who suffered a big loss when the 2011 flood disaster hit Pathum Thani. One of his Burmese workers persuaded him to smuggle illegal workers from the Thai-Myanmar border to Bangkok.

He earned 10,000 baht for each illegal immigrant, Mr Piyapong added.

The man was charged with transporting and concealing illegal aliens and impersonating a police officer. He was taken into custody at the Mae Sot police station for further legal proceedings.


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