Report: Thai women ‘married’ by Indian gangsters

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A police officer questions three Indian suspects about their alleged roles in a scam that used the names of hundreds of women in Sara Buri in forged marriage certificates. (Photo from Tourist Police Bureau / Bangkok Post)

Thai police have arrested eight Indian nationals alleged to have run a scam where they forged marriage license using names of women who were unaware that they were ‘married’ to these people. This is part of a crackdown of down on foreigners who use dvious means to prolong their stay in the country.

The eight men arrested in the latest sting had misused the names of some 300 Thai women, reports Bangkok Post.

The women are residents of Saraburi’s Wang Muang distrct, deputy Tourist Police Bureau chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn said on Wednesday (23 May 2018) after officers earlier helped 13 victims withdraw their names from the marriage registry.

Pol Maj Gen Surachate believes the Indian gang made the fake marriage documents in order to extend their stay in Thailand, the newspaper reported.

Three alleged members of the gang, who were named in the report, would have their visas revoked due to their alleged involvement in the wrongdoing, the report said, quoting unnamed sources from the Tourist Police Bureau.

The latest operation is part of the police’s X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner campaign, aimed at cracking down on foreigners who find illicit ways to stay longer in the country and are sometimes involved in criminal activity. Police have recently targeted international and language schools which issued student visas to foreigners who rarely, if ever, showed up for class, the report said.

It added that Pol Maj Gen Surachate told INN News Agency that investigators in the fake marriage scam were checking to see if another 1,700 women in the same district may have “taken husbands” without their knowledge.

Two Wang Muang assistant district chiefs and an administration official allegedly used names of 2,000 women to making fake marriage licences in return for 2,000 baht a name. They were already dismissed, according to the INN News Agency.

 

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