Thai, Vietnamese corralled in fake-visa raid
published : 11 Mar 2015 at 17:23
writer: Wichayant Boonchote
Immigration police in Songkhla broke up a suspected counterfeit-visa ring when they arrested a Vietnamese woman and Thai man while seizing 63 bogus visa stamps Wednesday.
Suthipong Kanung, 47, and Vietnamese national Do Thi Nghia, 46, were arrested separately in Muang district following a raid on Mr Sutthipong's apartment in Samnak Kham tambon municipality around 10am today.
Recovered were 63 fake visa stamps used to enter Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Songkhla immigration chief Pol Col Sunthorn Arunnara said at a press conference.
The arrest followed an investigation that Mr Suthipong had been acting as a coordinator for a Vietnamese broker of counterfeit visas in Malaysia. He would be paid 1,500 baht per head for each illegal alien who used their visa services to enter the three countries.
Police initially pressed charges of falsifying passports and visa stamps against the two suspects. As Mr Sutthipong was tested positive for illicit drug use, he also faces another narcotics charge.
Pol Col Sunthorn said authorities have launched a drastic crackdown operation on influential figures and criminals involved in the smuggling of illegal migrants and in falsifying passports or visa stamps as their activities posed a threat to national security.