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Erawadee to face charges over Russian illegal worker blitz

PHUKET: Police have confirmed they will press charges against the ’owner’ of a store in Chalong for hiring 15 foreigners without work permits.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 28 February 2019, 05:43PM


The outlet in Chalong specialises in traditional Thai herbs and medicines and targets Russian-speaking customers. Photo: Phuket Tourist Police

The outlet in Chalong specialises in traditional Thai herbs and medicines and targets Russian-speaking customers. Photo: Phuket Tourist Police

Eleven Russians are among the foreigners arrested at the Erawadee outlet on Chao Fa West Rd just south of Wat Chalong during a raid carried out by Phuket Tourist Police and Phuket Immigration Police last Wednesday Feb 20. (See story here.)

Chalong Police Chief Col Pakkayot Tanongsak told The Phuket News today (Feb 28), “The owner of the store is still under questioning and has not yet been charged. I cannot reveal details around charges until the investigation is complete.”

“We have yet to press charges as we are still compiling evidence. Once our investigation is complete, we will press charges,” Col Pakkayit said.

In June 2017, the Chief of the Phuket Employment Office (PEO) warned foreigners and employers to be aware of a raft of new penalties for breaches of labour law introduced on June 23, 2017 through an “Emergency decree.”

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To all employers and foreign employees, please be careful because some of these new penalties are very harsh,” PEO Chief Pitool Dumsakorn told The Phuket News.

For example, deceiving that one can bring a foreigner to work without a work permit can incur a fine from B600,000 up to B1 million and from three to 10 years in prison, or both, for each foreign worker deceived,” he said. (See story here.)

Col Pakkayot confirmed that the owner has decided to close the store for now.

Both Col Pakkayot and the inspector handling the case, Capt Somkiet Sarasin, said that they could not remember details of the particular branch in question.

 

 

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Rorri_2 | 05 March 2019 - 09:09:20

"An excellent example on point alf, from a poster who says that nominee sharholders not illegal. I have not offered an opinion of the article at all as there was no point as it is covered in the article," so why comment with your usual crap...nominees, who participate in the day to day business are NOT illegal.. you always come up with this BS, taking only a part of a comment...

Jor12 | 04 March 2019 - 14:37:05

An excellent example on point alf, from a poster who says that nominee sharholders not illegal. I have not offered an opinion of the article at all as there was no point as it is covered in the article

Rorri_2 | 04 March 2019 - 07:07:16

"People who comment on here alf, don't even understand the article, let alone read and understand what the law says" of course this is from the person who knows everything.... what a load of crap... simply a grandstanding self opinionated person, who does not respect others opinions, unless they agree with his.

Jor12 | 03 March 2019 - 20:00:46

People who comment on here alf, don't even understand the article, let alone read and understand what the law says. 

alf | 01 March 2019 - 22:35:41

...: if you look for "FOREIGNERS’ WORKING MANAGEMENT EMERGENCY DECREE (NO. 2), B.E. 2561 (2018)" and read it, you will see that a lot of articles from the 2017 decree are "repealed", so that among others there is no more prison sentences for workers. On the other hand, you will see that there are still prison sentences for employers employing foreigners without WP, particular...

CaptainJack69 | 01 March 2019 - 16:19:23

That the police have "confirmed" the employer will face charges implies that there was a real chance that they might not. If the employees are guilty (and they're being deported so it seems the police are sure they are) then the employer MUST also be guilty.

Unless, apparently, the owner is an 'influential' Thai national.... blah, blah, blah.

Kurt | 01 March 2019 - 12:29:23

As always:  Thai Officials and RTP are the nicest people in the world you can buy and they let do your thing.  Until a higher official gets jealous that he not get enough of the 'cake'. Than the card house of 'understanding' collapse. No closing time Chalong Patak Road bars/disco's, 500 metres from Chalong police station, hold it now for years,  seems  organised well.

zib | 01 March 2019 - 05:29:26

But there was just new work permit rules negating all the previous ones. Police are ignoring not being up to date on the law?

Seems even The Phuket News forgot.

 https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-law-working-without-a-work-permit-now-possible-67692.php#wu1k6VBEZzhtmGub.99

BenPendejo | 01 March 2019 - 00:33:37

Well, nice to see that all officials involved left plenty of loopholes for Mr. Erawadee to weasel his way through. "Still questioning the store, investigation still going, waiting to press charges, blah di blah. They know this store knowingly and willfully hired illegal workers, and all the workers knew they were working illegally.  I think they're just waiting to see the brown envelopes....

Asterix | 28 February 2019 - 21:12:59

Full company checks by the DSI (Department of Special Investigation), AMLO (Anti-Money Laundering Office) and the Revenue Department would be more efficient to deter lawbreakers and by the way to clean up the tourism industry of too many illegal businesses making unfair competition to legally registered Thai businesses.

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