In a joint operation on Monday, Thai and Taiwanese authorities apprehended a 27-year-old Taiwanese national, Mr. Hung Hua Wang, wanted for money laundering in his home country and overstaying his visa in Pattaya.
The suspect had been hiding in Pattaya following his alleged involvement in the financial crime in Taiwan. The successful operation on January 29th was the result of close collaboration between Pattaya Tourist Police Division 2, Tourist Police Division 1, Chonburi Provincial Police, along with Taiwanese authorities.
The arrest was made on a tip-off received from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand. They alerted Thai authorities about Mr. Hung’s whereabouts in Pattaya and requested assistance in apprehending him based on the existing arrest warrant for money laundering issued in Taiwan.
Investigations revealed that Mr. Hung entered Thailand on a tourist visa on May 22nd, 2021, with a permitted stay until November 18th, 2021. However, he overstayed his visa and illegally continued residing in an unidentified hotel on Pattaya Third Road in Central Pattaya.
Upon locating and identifying Mr. Hung, authorities informed him of the arrest warrant and his overstaying status. He was subsequently taken into custody by the Pattaya police for further investigation and processing for extradition to Taiwan.
Mr. Hung did not release a statement around the allegations to the press.