Immigration Officials have arrested a Burmese gang found forging official documents used for the extension of stay in Thailand. The forging includes fake government stamps. The gang charges 2,000-3,000 THB from each customer. Officials arrested a male suspect named Ong and 2 female suspects all from Myanmar. They also found evidence that ties the suspect to the crime including multiple fake government office stamps, fake official documents, and many Burmese passports.
Ong admitted after the arrest that he works as an agent for the application of work permits and visa extensions in Thailand. His main customers are fellow Burmese looking to stay in the country. Ong takes care of all the required documents along with holding his customer’s passports. The suspect has lived in Thailand for a long time, long enough to read and write Thai fluently. At first, he was a real agent and took each customer to apply to the related government office. Then as time went on an idea sparked in Ong’s mind when he started getting more customers, he created his own stamps and official documents. With this, he could complete each application on his own without actually contacting the government.
Ong receives 2,000-3,000 THB from each customer. Ong has forgery services for medical certificates from public and private hospitals, hospital receipts both from public and private hospitals, government stamps, private company stamps, government official stamps, Department of Employment documents, and more. Most of the documents are based on the real deal. Ong collected real documents when he worked as an agent and submitted the real documents on behalf of his customers. The suspect has been doing this for years, but regularly relocates to different locations where many foreign workers reside. If a customer wants to stay in Thailand, Ong can find a solution but sadly he has been arrested.