Chinese Man Sentenced for Using Fake ID, Operating Illegal Club in Pattaya

Pattaya —

A Chinese national, Mr. Nitipat Chokchaithanaphon (also known as Guo Ei Yao), was sentenced to two years in prison by the Pattaya Provincial Court on February 28th. He was found guilty of using a fake Thai ID card and operating an illegal nightclub in Pattaya.

Mr. Nitipat, 45, was arrested in 2022 for possessing and using a counterfeit Thai identification card, violating Sections 137, 267, and 268 of the Criminal Code, and Section 14(1) of the Population Registration Act of 1983. These charges stemmed from his attempt to obtain Thai citizenship through false documents.

The investigation originated on October 22nd, 2022, when authorities raided a nightclub called “Club One Pattaya” and allegedly uncovered illegal activities within the establishment. During the raid, Mr. Nitipat, who was identified as the club’s owner, displayed resistance and accused the officers of corruption, claiming he had previously paid off officials, which was later proven to be false.

Further investigation revealed that Mr. Nitipat was not a Thai citizen but a Chinese national who had been using a deceased Thai individual’s ID card for over three decades. He had initially reported his birth at a clinic in Trat province in 1992 and subsequently registered with the local municipality. He later changed his name and renewed his ID card several times, most recently in February 2021 at the Banglamung municipality, Chonburi.

However, in November of 2022, he was apprehended for his fraudulent activities, including misrepresenting his nationality, fabricating entries in the citizen registration system, and using a counterfeit ID card. Despite evidence to the contrary, Mr. Nitipat initially denied these accusations, insisting he was Thai.

On January 18th, 2023, the Ministry of the Interior of Thailand revoked all registration records and identification documents associated with Mr. Nitipat due to the irregularities surrounding his birth registration. This revocation included his birth certificate, ID card, and address change notification.

The court ultimately sentenced Mr. Nitipat to two years in prison without parole for his offenses. Read our full coverage of the raid on the nightclub at Famous entertainment venue in Banglamung raided, hundreds of tourists flee.

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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.