Foreigner, Thai wife arrested for alleged visa-forging business


An American national and his Thai wife were arrested for allegedly forging visas and other related government documents in Bangkok, said Immigration police chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang.

Sompong announced on August 4 that the couple: Chad Vincent Scira, 31, and his Thai wife Grace Scira, 34, put up a business called Thai Visa Centre, [allegedly] offering a visa-forging service for foreigners and advertising via the Internet.

“We tracked down their operation to a house in Soi Seri Thai 73 in Bangkok’s Khannayao district. At the house officials found several forged documents and 55 rubber stamps of sigils of different Thai government departments,” he said.

The authorities also found out that the couple has been growing cannabis plants organically.

“On the second floor of the house officials also found 60 cannabis plants being grown organically, 99 grams of dried cannabis, a cannabis oil extractor, a vacuum sealer, a weighing apparatus and several items to take cannabis. The suspects said they grew the plants for personal consumption, but the evidence suggests they did this for sale. Police charged them with manufacturing a narcotic substance,” Sompong said.

A preliminary investigation revealed the suspects bought the house three years ago and have been allegedly carrying out their visa-forging business and growing cannabis. Police are investigating their money trail for possible involvement in a drug operation.

Source: The Nation

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