Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted By Thai Authorities

Published on 9th February 2016 by Stickboy BKK

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

An Iranian counterfeiter known only to authorities as “The Doctor” was arrested on Monday by immigration police following a raid on a house in Chachoengsao province.

Hamid Reza Jafary, 48, who has been living and operating his criminal empire out of Thailand for the past 25 years, produced a Brazilian passport in the name of Eliseu Moraes when asked to identify himself.

Under questioning he soon conceded the passport was a forgery and gave immigration officers his real name and nationality before revealing the names of five Pakistani associates who were soon rounded up and brought in for questioning.

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

Thai authorities having been on the trail of “The Doctor” for years, coming close on several occasions to catching him only for him to vanish. A major breakthrough in tracking him down came when his name was revealed in a separate case.

The Immigration Bureau commissioner, Nathathorn Prousoontorn, said on Tuesday at a press conference that Jafary was the kingpin in a major counterfeiting ring who produced “mirror” quality passports that were difficult to detect.

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

The Iranian, and the five Pakistani “middlemen” were paraded in masks and sunglasses along with the evidence seized yesterday that included 34 machines for printing passport covers imported from China, special paper used to for passport pages, 18 blocks to print watermarks, a Thai visa stamp for the immigration office in Nong Khai plus fake Thai visas and over 170 fake passports.

It was revealed customers would make contact with the Pakistanis via the internet to place their orders and after paying between 50-80,000 baht the forged passports were then dispatched via international courier companies to the customers, mainly from the Middle East.

Counterfeit Passport Kingpin Busted

Jafary and his five middlemen, identified as Cheeman Ahsan Javed, Amer Buit, Rahim Khan Pathan, Gohar Zaman and Muhammad Tariq, were all charged with numerous offences and remanded pending further legal proceedings.

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