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I bet they can’t find themselves and will state there is no money laundering here !! Just like the prostitution statement ! 🙈

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1 hour ago, simon43 said:

For those of you who are making jokes about this news report, I would politely suggest that no-one would hold a training program such as this unless they proposed to use that training for a purpose.  Holding seminars etc costs time and money.

 

Immigration officers are responsible for managing the issue of visas for foreigners, which in many cases involves proof of funds and/or proof of source of funds etc.  Think about it.

 

For those who do not have the 400/800 k baht for their visa extension, and who use an agent to 'circumvent' the system, I'd be worried...

I agree but there are those who think everybody born in Thailand is corrupt so they'll never have a problem, you read about this daily on this site. IMO people are going to be bitterly disappointed when they can't bribe someone via an agent..

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This could be a disturbing development...or a nothing-burger.

La Migra poking their noses into peoples's accounts and deciding if the money is legit or not?😱

...what next?

Confiscate the money on suspicion of laundering?

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no training how to stop corruption ?

 

or just incompetence ?

 

abuse of power ?

 

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If anyone was involved in money laundering would they be stupid enough to use the bank account that needs to shown to Immigration, a branch of the police? They would almost certainly have several accounts.

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3 hours 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...

Not sure if this activity will be scrutinized. 

It's like killing the goose that lays golden eggs. (Or baht).

 

Besides which, most many agents do not require bank accounts for renewals of retirement extensions.

 

So no bogus accounts here.

 

Obviously agreements in place with I.O. cheifs to facilitate this. 

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I've previously read that 1% of the population owns 70% of Thai's wealth..

 

Wouldn't this 1% of hi-so's be worth scrutinising their bank accounts for laundering instead of picking on the expats and retirees, who are struggling to stay a float with their 65k/800k in the bank rules?

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To do money-laundering the criminal needs either a business or access to a business. In the latter case, that would most likely be access to a Thai business. A waste of time for immigration to be looking into this. Better for customs, revenue enforcement and police investigators to do so.

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4 hours ago, tomazbodner said:

I did money laundry a few times back in the young days. Forgot banknotes in pants' pockets and load them in washing machine. Money came out sparkling clean after drying. Good it's made of cotton, not paper...

Had my share in the washing machine too. 

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Tic Tock Tic Tock that's the sound of the clock ticking down to the moment that those expats that have not tied all their money up in Thai property finally decide that Thailand isn't worth the hassle any more. Best business to get into now is undertaking for all those who will no doubt be joining the 'Pattaya Flyers Club' when their 'agents' can no longer fix it.

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At what point does Immigration decide that doing everything that it wants to do is just becoming petty?

 

At what point do they decide that the benefit does not outweigh the undue burden of an overly complex system?

 

Said another way, when are they going to decide this is just an expensive excerise in Wack-o-Mole?

 

 

 

 

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