Woman held in Thai visa scandal
- Published: 12/09/2013 at 08:06 AM
- Online news:
Piyamart Bandasak, 39, who was wanted by police in connection with the visa sticker theft case at the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur last month, has been arrested, the Immigration Bureau said on Thursday.
The suspect was detained at a house on Seri Thai Road in Bung Kum district of Bangkok, Pol Maj Gen Natthaphon Phrosunthon, deputy bureau chief, said.
Early last month, Samuel Ncha Ekwale, from Cameroon, was found to have used a Thai visa sticker issued by the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur although he had never been to the city, Pol Maj Gen Natthaphon said.
On Aug 9, the Department of Consular Affairs informed the bureau that about 300 visa labels were missing from the embassy and that anyone using them would face forgery charges.
Mr Ekwale allegedly obtained the visa sticker from Ms Piyamart who, according to police, told them after her arrest that she was approached by an Indian man, Kumar Ramesh, to help him sell the labels to foreigners.
Police said she told them she had provided three foreigners with the stickers. Mr Ramesh charged the foreigners 30,000 baht for each one and gave her 3,000 baht.
The three people were her Filipino housekeeper, a Nigerian and Mr Ekwale, she said.
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