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Former employee at Thai embassy in Beijing charged with visa fraud

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A former visa clerk at the Thai embassy in Beijing has been arrested and charged with forging official travel documents. The Bangkok Post reports that the man, who has not been named, was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport by officers from the Crime Suppression Division on Tuesday night, May 16.

It’s understood the Foreign Ministry had investigated the visa clerk, who had worked at the embassy on a temporary employment contract, before filing an official complaint with the CSD. An arrest warrant was then issued for the former embassy worker.

He is accused of deliberately issuing the wrong type of visa to 9 Chinese students who were going to study in Thailand, keeping the difference in visa fees for himself.

Montri Theskhan, the CSD boss, says the visa clerk issued tourist visas to the students, instead of the non-immigrant visas they applied and paid for. Tourist visas cost less and the clerk is accused of pocketing the difference in fees, a charge he has denied.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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