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Phuket Chinese tour companies busted for illegal nominees

PHUKET: The CEO of a major Chinese tour company in Phuket was arrested yesterday (June 15) while another key member of the company remains at large, as police closed in on the pair for allegedly using illegal nominees to register a slew of tour companies in order to avoid paying tax.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 16 June 2016, 01:58PM


Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Superintendent Col Saman Chainarong called the Phuket media to the head office of Tranlee Travel Co Ltd on Sri Suthat Rd in Rassada at 4pm yesterday.

“Today we arrested the Tranlee CEO, Krisakorn Rungmongkolnam, one of the two people behind these operations,” explained Col Saman.

“The other suspect is known as Weerachai Kampaipraphankul. He escaped arrest as he left before officials arrived. We already have a warrant out for him,” he added.

Tourist Police officers and officials from the Phuket Department of Business and Development and the Revenue Office raided Tranlee after months of investigation, leading officials along a paper trail linking 18 companies in four locations, Col Saman explained.

“Once we knew our targets, we obtained warrants from the Phuket Provincial Court and investigated these companies,” he said.

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“These companies had Chinese or other foreigners using fake identification cards to register the businesses and had nominees using fake IDs to register as shareholders. The ID cards were obtained from a province in Northern Thailand,” Col Saman said.

“These companies have been registered in Phuket for over 10 years. They were registered illegally and more than 50% of their shareholders are foreigners. Their revenue each year was more than B150 million, but in total they paid only B200,000 in tax per year.”

Krisakorn in particular was a prominent member of Phuket’s Chinese tourism industry, Col Saman said, noting that Krisakorn had served as a member of a tourism and business association in Phuket and was well known in the tour industry among Chinese tour operators.

Among the other businesses raided by officials carrying out the investigation were tour boat business Insee Marine Co Ltd, registered at the same address as Tranlee, and another business at Phoonphol Night Plaza in Phuket Town.

“All these companies operated in the same network with one giant company,” Col Saman said.

 

 

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Joe12 | 25 June 2016 - 23:17:05

Rorii... to quote the article..."allegedly using ILLEGAL NOMINEES to register a slew of tour companies in order to avoid paying tax." it matters not how they obtained their ID cards to register the businesses and had nominees using fake IDs to register as shareholders. The fact is they were registering as nominees. 

To suggest "NOTHING said about charges relating to using nominee...

Joe12 | 20 June 2016 - 19:28:19

wow...and Rorii is adamant that the practice is not illegal 

WOI58 | 16 June 2016 - 17:07:58

These companies sell the whole package in China, same as the Russian Tour companies All the money stays in those countries & very little goes through the hands of Thai people it's a disgrace

WOI58 | 16 June 2016 - 16:52:33

& Pink Shark diving on the Chalong Pier road 

Richard Vickers | 16 June 2016 - 16:16:15

So what's the big surprise? I would wager to bet that the majority of businesses in Thailand are illegal in some way.  This is by far the most dishonest and cheating place I have ever been, and it is killing the place.  Of the three property owners I have stayed with over the years, all of them dodge taxes, and arranged to have a "friend" arrange for certificates of residency so they...

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