Korean man on 287 day overstay and wanted by Interpol who lived in Pattaya arrested by Immigration Smart Patrol Car in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand –

A South Korean man wanted by Interpol for alleged involvement with a call center gang who lived in Pattaya was arrested in Bangkok by a Royal Thai Immigration Bureau Smart Patrol Car (SPC) earlier this week.

The Thai Immigration Bureau reports the South Korean embassy in Thailand had contacted the Immigration Bureau to trace down the wanted suspect who has an Interpol Red Notice filed with the South Korean Police.

The suspect, named by police as ‘Mr. Song Jae’ was reportedly a member of a call center gang who claimed that they were financially related officials before defrauding money from victims with damages of at least 360 million won (nine million baht). The suspect’s passport had already been cancelled.

The Thailand Immigration Bureau officers confirmed the suspect’s status on their biometrics System.

They found that the suspect entered Thailand by plane on March 6th of last year, 2020. On December of last year he was staying in Pattaya before moving to Onn Nuch in Bangkok.

Officers used a Smart Patrol Car (SPC) before they found the suspect. These vehicles use facial recognition technology to catch people on overstay or wanted for various crimes.

Mr. Song Jae was on a 287 day overstay in Thailand. He is facing charges of overstaying and is being investigated for further legal action.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.