A Pattaya based visa agent accused of scamming foreigners out of hundreds of thousands of baht was arrested in Chiang Mai today, according to local media.
Pakin Pattanakitarporn, 52, was apprehended after a warrant for his arrest was issued by Pattaya Provincial Court on May 18, 2021 following complaints lodged with the police by a group of Japanese tourists in Lampang Province.
After submitting documents and a 45,000 baht processing fee Mr Pakin went silent with the Japanese clients unable to contact him.
Investigators from Pattaya Tourist Police went to inspect the location of the Dragon Visa Service Company and found it closed with all attempts to contact the owner and employees failing.
Inquiries into the visa agent turned up at least another ten foreign tourists who had paid Pakin hundreds of thousands of baht in fees but in return received nothing.
The team of detectives were soon on the visa agents trail that led them to Chiang Mai where they found him in hiding.
He was arrested and brought back to Pattaya where he is being held pending a court appearance to face fraud charges.
Police asked any foreigners who may have been scammed by Pakin to come forward and advised anyone seeking a visa to first speak with staff at their local immigration office.
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