Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

After 30 years in Phuket, Cambodian man arrested with fake Thai ID card

After 30 years in Phuket, Cambodian man arrested with fake Thai ID card

PHUKET: A Cambodian man who lived in Phuket for 30 years, most of that time by using a fake ID card, has been arrested for illegally staying in the country, Immigration Bureau Chief Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang announced at a press conference in Bangkok today (Jan 24).

By The Phuket News

Friday 24 January 2020, 04:12PM

Lt Gen Sompong identified the Cambodian man only by his nickname “Gim”.

Exactly where and when Mr Gim was taken into custody was not explained, but Lt Gen Sompong noted that Mr Gim was employed by a restaurant in Kalim, on Phuket’s west coast.

Mr Gim’s arrest followed Phuket Immigration receiving a tip-off that a man using a fake Thai ID card under the name “Somboon Kongchai”, Lt Gen Sompong said.

Officers found the man who matched the description given and asked him to present his ID card.

Mr Gim handed them an ID card giving his name as Somboon Kongchai, originally from Surin province, Lt Gen Sompong added.

Officers confirmed that the details on the electronic chip on the ID card did not match the name and details printed on the card, as the chip carried details of a “Mr Eakkapong”, Lt Gen Sompong said.

Also, the real Somboon Kongchai from Surin province had died in 2018, he added.

“Officers told him that his ID card was fake, so he confessed that his name is ‘Gim’, 49, from Cambodia,” Lt Gen Sompong noted.

“He worked in a restaurant at Kalim Beach and lived in a house near Bang Tao Temple in Thalang,” he added.

Thai Residential

Mr Gim told officers that he came to Thailand and became a monk and lived at a temple in Thalang from 1990 to 2006, Lt Gen Sompong explained.

“After he left the monkhood, he contacted a Cambodian friend to make a fake Thai ID card for him,” he said.

“He later paid B15,000 to for another fake ID card after the first one was expired in 2013. He said he did not even know who Somboon was,” Lt Gen Sompong added.

Mr Gim was taken to Cherng Talay Police Station and charged with three charges: entering and staying in the Kingdom without permission; making and using a fake ID card; and making and using fake official document, Lt Gen Sompong said.

“Officers are now investigating the source of the fake ID card,” he added.

It was not explained whether the Immigration Bureau is looking to deport Mr Gim.

Also not explained was how Mr Gim for 14 years managed to not raise any flags on any national databases as a potential fake – with two of those years after the real Somboon had died.

A Thai ID card is needed by every Thai citizen in obtaining even the most basic of services, including hospital treatment, the mandatory registering of a mobile phone SIM card, paying police fines and utility bills – and any interactions with any government office.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


Crusader79 | 25 January 2020 - 08:47:33

Hope they let the poor guy stay. Ambition, risk-taking, and law-abiding hard work for those born into poverty should be rewarded, not punished.


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Tourists face arrest, jail for overstaying

Yep fair call. Tourists have known for a long time about visa renewals. Also some embassys are offer...(Read More)

Tourists face arrest, jail for overstaying

tourist being arrested for overstay, bet those headlines will have tourists flocking back, how dumb ...(Read More)

UK exempts Thais from quarantine

Kurt, Emirates from Bangkok to London 1,10 hr. stopover,return 2,10 hrs. Qatar A. Bangkok to Londo...(Read More)

Tourists face arrest, jail for overstaying

This head line would do very well outside Thailand, among the 'expected' foreign tourists to...(Read More)

Phuket light-rail bids set for mid-2020

Has the proposed bidding taken place mid 2020? And what did it bring in? When the construction star...(Read More)

UK exempts Thais from quarantine

Flights Phuket-> Dubai/Qatar ->Europe are never 'direct'. Always change plane. Transit...(Read More)

Activists end rally after submitting demands

That plaque thing lives apparently it's own life. Police start investigations about it. Many y...(Read More)

Tourists face arrest, jail for overstaying

Well this should be a warning to have or opening a business in LOS. ...(Read More)

UK exempts Thais from quarantine

@DeK, 1: I wrote 'long stop overs', not a period of time. Don't insinuate. Look at the ...(Read More)