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Immigration police use biometric system to nab 3 fake passport holders

By THE NATION

 

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Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang, the Immigration Bureau commander, announced on Wednesday (October 9) that a total of three foreigners were stopped at Suvarnabhumi Airport in September after the biometric system revealed they had committed passport fraud.

 

“In the first case, immigration police arrested an Iranian man aged about 47 years holding a French passport and travelling from Germany to Thailand,” he said. “The biometric scanning showed only a 19-per-cent match between his face and passport photo, so we took him into custody.”

 

The man later confessed that he had bought the fake passport at a train station in France for 520 Euro (Bt17,300) to travel to Thailand and later to Japan to find a job.

 

The second case happened on the night of September 25, when the police arrested an unidentified Chinese man aged around 57 years holding a Myanmar passport. “The biometric scan identified that his passport’s Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) had been altered,” Sompong said. “The suspect later confessed that he bought the counterfeit passport from Rangoon for MMK 25,000 (Bt500) to travel to Thailand.”

 

The third arrest was made on September 30 when immigration police stopped a Kenyan woman aged 28 years as she was trying to leave the kingdom. “The biometric system alerted officials that she had overstayed in the country for two years. Her original visa allowed her to stay until September 15, 2017, and a fake stamp was used to give a new expiry date,” said the commander. “She later confessed that she sent her passport to Kenya to have it altered at a cost of Bt10,000.”

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377262

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-10-10

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

But there was no doubt about the stars of the show - biometrics and the chief of immigration Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang.

 

Better be careful about being a "star" in Thailand. Recall what happened to the last "star" of the Immigration show...

 

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

he was Chinese and had paid an agent in Rangoon 1,250 baht in local currency for the passport.

That must be one of the best possible qualities of forgery.

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1 hour ago, kidneyw said:

Do you not get the feeling, that the police / immigration etc., are publicising all and sundry, so as to show that Thailand has a major problem with many "aliens." Thus this warrents all the ridiculous "security measures," needing to be implemented. A bit like job justification, whether it be man power or equipment.

You're spot on!

 

They want to show that:

a) there are many dangerous foreigners.

b) We can catch and deal with them.

c) Look at us. We're so great!

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9 hours ago, londonthai said:

those 3 arrests in a month (out of some 5mln foreign travellers) is very insignificant to justify 2bln investment and risk of extended immigration ques to take data. 

the system will pay itself in some 5.5 years (30mln in fines in a month, 360mln in a year), but it will also cost to run it (software upgrades, smoothing out program glitches, exchanging fingerprint scanners every  couple of years due to wear, etc)

They MUST protect the kingdom! The 3 pesky foreigner are more than the 170,000 illegal Thais in South Korea or thousands of whores in Singapore!

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2 hours ago, Matzzon said:

That must be one of the best possible qualities of forgery.

Nothing wrong with a 10 page passport mate.

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