A 40-year-old Turkish expat who claims he has lived and done business in Thailand for more than 10 years was arrested at the immigration office on Jomtien Soi 5 on Wednesday after officers found he was carrying a fake passport.
Mr. Khatami Shahram reportedly visited the immigration office in order to extend his visa when officers “found irregularities” in the Turk’s passport which further investigations revealed was fake.
According to Pattaya One, Mr. Shahram conceded that he had earlier lost his passport and, instead of filing a report with police and applying for a new travel document at the Turkish embassy, he used the services of an unnamed Turkish man who was “producing near-perfect counterfeit Turkish passports” at a rate of 70,000 Baht.
Mr. Shahram told immigration officers he simply
provided his name and a picture to the man and the passport was delivered to him.
While police will obviously also attempt to hunt down the unidentified Turkish man who sold Mr. Shahram the fake passport, Mr. Shahram was charged with staying in Thailand illegally and faces deportation to Turkey now.