The Metropolitan police have announced the arrest of a forger who produced a large variety of Thai documents and IDs over a period of ten years.
Computer expert Aphiwat Kanthawong, 32, had been earning up to 400,000 baht a month over the last decade, reported Daily News.
He was arrested at a Lampang post office after inquiries from a similar bust in Phuket back in February.
Through Line and Facebook he was selling fake title deeds (chanote), driving licenses, Thai ID cards, house registration documents (thabian ban), vehicle tax discs and vehicle registration books.
He was caught with a 150,000 baht roll of film used to forge Department of Land Transport documents – he told investigators he bought the film on Ali Baba from China.
He forged thousands of items.
Here were his prices:
Thai ID card : 2,500 – 3,000 baht
Driving license: 3,500 – 4,000 baht
Title deeds: 5,000 baht
House registration: 3,500 – 6,000 baht
Vehicle tax discs: 1,500 baht
Vehicle registration book: 500 baht.
Aphiwat boasted that his title deed forgeries were 99% accurate and his Thai ID cards 80%.
The arrest was announced by Pol Maj Gen Panurat Lakbun who headed a metropolitan team investigating vehicular fraud.
The cops said that the suspect earned between 200,000 and 400,000 baht a month.