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Korean man imprisoned after staging his own kidnapping

In order to persuade family members to send him money so that he could return home, a 24-year-old South Korean man who had overstayed his visa by more than a year was allegedly caught staging his own kidnapping in Chonburi province, according to police. 

Since Kim (name withheld) overstayed his visa by 497 days, he will be deported and may also be charged with further offenses for allegedly staging his own kidnapping, according to the police. 

Kim told the young man’s family that he had been kidnapped, imprisoned, and assaulted before fleeing, according to police, and they called the Korean Embassy in Thailand for assistance. 

He claimed to have no money but was on his way to Suvarnabhumi International Airport to family members in Korea, according to authorities. Authorities went to Kim’s residence in the Bang Lamung region in the province’s east after receiving a tip about a potential kidnapping. Kim attempted to hide from them in a field after they came by running via the backyard. 

He was seized by police, who then took him to the neighborhood police station to question him. 

He acknowledged to a Korean interpreter that he had not been kidnapped, imprisoned, or otherwise hurt. His only issue was that despite repeated requests, his family had refused to send him money. 

He therefore claimed to have been kidnapped in an effort to persuade them to send him money so he could travel back home. 

Instead, they got in touch with the Korean Embassy. 

While the deportation procedure for Kim has begun, authorities stated they are still looking into the situation.

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