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Immigration checking bank accounts? Officers undergo training in "money laundering"

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable TV

 

An Immigration seminar in Pattaya was training officers in how to spot money laundering and how they could apply the law. 

 

Thaivisa notes that this comes at a time when immigration has been trying to root out agents who arrange long stay visas for foreigners with money in bogus bank accounts.

 

Hundreds of immigration officers attended the seminar in Bang Lamung chaired by force bigwig Lt-Gen Suwat Chaengyortsuk. 

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable TV

 

Sophon Cable TV said on Facebook that it was designed to increase the efficiency of officers in spotting financial irregularities and understanding what they can do according to the law. 

 

The "ongoing training" would help immigration with more modern methods in detecting crime both today and into the future. 

 

The public were reminded again how to contact immigration to report offences by going to their Suan Phlu, Bangkok HQ or calling the 1178 hotline. 

 

Sophon made no mention about any specific cases connected to the training seminar. 

 

Source: Sophon Cable TV

 

 

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3 minutes ago, webfact said:

The "ongoing training" would help immigration with more modern methods in detecting crime both today and into the future. 

Like using their time and effort to kick out the real criminals and spend less time harassing expats.

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Another tool in their tool box to screw with you. Leave the money laundering investigation to the professional, not immigration. Not their job.

 

Like giving a 10 year old training on a nuclear reactor and expecting a good outcome.

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I would put to them to be trained to check the accounts of their highly questionable and corrupt both official and business people countrymen and women first, where they will, no doubt, find a hell of a lot 'unexplained wealth' to report than those of most of the foreigners living in Thailand...

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Excellent news they can come and check mine, If they find any money in there we can go Half's on it.

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I wouldn't have thought it would be too difficult to root out the fraudulent 'immigration agents'. Simply ask to see their clients bank passbook.

 

But just a mo. aren't I overlooking something?

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13 minutes ago, tomazbodner said:

"Thaivisa notes that this comes at a time when immigration has been trying to root out agents who arrange long stay visas for foreigners with money in bogus bank accounts."

 

These agents wouldn't have anything to do with the agents TV members use to get their visa extensions for between 14,000-25,000 baht with no money in the bank, certainly...

If I needed to use these methods to extend my permission to stay I wouldn't be stating that fact on these pages, nevertheless I read about it on almost a daily basis. IMO it's only a matter of time and I do hope people that are ensnared in this don't get charged also with the facilitation of corruption. 

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