A former Thai embassy employee in Beijing has been apprehended for fraudulent visa issuance to Chinese students. The clerk reportedly issued incorrect visas to students intending to study in Thailand, keeping the difference in fees for personal gain.
While working as a clerk at the Thai embassy in Beijing under a temporary employment contract, the suspect managed applications from nine Chinese students who intended to study at Dhurakij Pundit University in Thailand. The students applied for non-immigrant visas but were issued tourist visas instead. Non-immigrant visas are more expensive than tourist visas, and the clerk allegedly pocketed the difference.
Investigation and Arrest
Following an investigation by the Foreign Ministry, a complaint was filed with the Crime Suppression Division (CSD), leading to the issuance of an arrest warrant. The suspect was apprehended by CSD police at Suvarnabhumi airport on a Tuesday night. The individual’s name has not been released to the public.
Charges and Denial
The suspect faces charges of forging official international travel documents. However, they have denied any wrongdoing in the matter.
Impact on Students
At this time, it is unclear how the fraudulent visa issuance has affected the nine Chinese students who were granted the wrong type of visa for their studies in Thailand. Further investigation and potential rectification of their visa situation may be necessary.
Precautions for Future Incidents
This incident highlights the importance of proper oversight and appropriate checks and balances within visa processing systems. Embassies and consulates must remain vigilant to ensure that visa issuance remains accurate and transparent. In the meantime, individuals applying for visas should double-check their issued documents and report any discrepancies to the relevant authorities.