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Chinese faker ran illegal businesses worth billions

Chinese faker ran illegal businesses worth billions

THAILAND: The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is hunting a Chinese man who illegally obtained Thai identification documents which he used to set up businesses with registered capital of more than B3.6 billion.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 16 March 2021, 04:21PM


The Department of Special Investigation issued this photo of Chinese national Wen Haomiao, wanted for using a false Thai identity to open companies to do business reserved for Thais. Photo: supplied.

The Department of Special Investigation issued this photo of Chinese national Wen Haomiao, wanted for using a false Thai identity to open companies to do business reserved for Thais. Photo: supplied.

DSI director-general Korawat Panprapakorn said today (Mar 16) that investigators had a court warrant for the arrest of the man, who had used the Thai identity Apao Sae Soen.

It was part of a larger investigation. As many as 255 foreign nationals had illegally been issued Thai national identification cards in Wiang Kaen district of Chiang Rai province. One of them was Apao Sae Soen.

Apao Sae Soen is alleged to have illegally set up companies to operate businesses restricted to Thai citizens.

Pol Col Korawat said the DSI had accepted special case No 54/2021 for investigation because it involved national security.

He said Apao Sae Soen’s real name is Wen Haomiao, a Chinese national with Chinese passport number G23810848.

In China, Wen Haomiao was declared bankrupt and had his assets seized after his business collapsed.

He left China for Thailand, where he managed to illegally obtain a Thai ID card under the name of Apao Sae Soen, as recorded in a domicile registration paper in Chiang Rai’s Wiang Kaen district.

With the false Thai identity and home registration documents, he set up companies operating businesses which foreigners are not allowed to run.

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The documents also enabled him to stay in Thailand and travel in and out of the kingdom.

On Feb 18, the DSI obtained a court warrant for the arrest of Wen Haomiao on charges of illegally obtaining and using a Thai identfication card and domicile registration and, as a foreigner, running businesses in Thailand without needed permission.

Wen Haomiao is a fugitive, his whereabouts unknown.

The investigation was expanded to include the Provincial Administration Department and other agencies in Wiang Kaen district.

Officials had revoked 50 other ID cards illegally issued to foreigners. Seven of them were listed as owners of businesses which were prohibited to foreigners, Pol Col Korawat said.

Apao Sae Soen was stripped off Thai nationality on June 15, 2020, a DSI source said. He had set up four companies with a combined registered capital of B3,611 million.

The four companies were: 10 Plus 1 Group, a company dealing in rice trading; Amarin GTI Ltd, a real estate company; De Yi Network Technology Ltd, a non-residential building construction firm; and, Tai Xi Development Group, a property leasing firm.

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Capricornball | 17 March 2021 - 12:01:30

I continue to not understand why PN (or others) blocks the faces of criminals, yet shows the faces of law enforcement agents that really deserve anonymity for their own protection.  I'm thinking you have a logical explanation, and would like to know why. And I agree with Kurt, this guy didn't get this successful without LOTS of inside help. Heads should roll for allowing this to happen.

Kurt | 17 March 2021 - 00:16:50

How do 'we' get in Thailand a false identity, false domicili registration, false Thai ID's? Is there real nothing to keep us safe from very corrupt Thai high ranking officials who practice and entertain criminality? This is not a low level officials thing. Think about all the piles of bureaucratic paperwork what was done for it and granted.

 

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