Several foreign fugitives wanted in their home countries on fraud charges have been arrested by Thai immigration police this month.
They include three Chinese women, a Russian, a German and a Swiss man. One Frenchman wanted on rape charge for allegedly raping his own daughter born to his ex-wife has also been arrested.
The three Chinese women, 31-year old Mrs Wang Jiaian, 30-year old Mrs Zhang Jingjing and 32-year old Mrs Jiang Yuemei, were accused of cheating the Chinese government of taxes estimated at 210 million yuan or 1,050 million baht and smuggling of prohibited substances. They were arrested at Phuket International airport and at a condominium in Phuket on August 22.
42-year old Russian, Smolnikov Vasillii, who operates a construction business in Russia was wanted by the Interpol for government's document forgery and for bribery charges has taken refuge in Thailand since January, 2013 with a tourist visa.
Vasillii made several overseas trips from Bangkok until his arrest on August 22 in Sadao district of Songkhla.
On August 27, immigration police arrested a 67-year old Swiss man, Paul Strubin, on charges of embezzlement and fraud. A warrant for his arrest has been issued by a Swiss prosecutor.
Strubin has been hiding in Pattani since his arrival in Thailand on October 3, 2556.
Thai immigration officials said Strubin had overstayed his visa for 960 days.
58-year old Frenchman, Patrice Giuliana, is wanted in France after the court there sentenced him in absentia to 15 years in prison for raping his own daughter born to his ex-wife. He was arrested on August 27 in Bangkok.
A 56 year-old German man Mr Markus Andre which also wanted in Germany for not present in the court was arrested on August 23 in a house in Chon Buri's Bang Lamung district.
He has been hiding in Thailand since December, 2014.
Immigration Bureau commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Natthathorn Prohsunthorn said the bureau had revoked their visas and put them on the blacklist of people who pose a threat to the society.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)