3 in Court for Forging Thai Border Passes: Police

Two men and a woman were sent to Banteay Meanchey Pro­vin­cial Court on Friday for operating a business forging Thai border passes near the Poipet International Check­point, police said Sunday.

“They were arrested after our po­lice investigation found that they were faking stamps for Cambodian people to cross into Thailand,” said Ban­teay Meanchey police chief Chhoeung Sokhom.

“We have reports from Thai au­thorities at checkpoints showing that more Cambodians are using fake documents,” he said.

Cheat Lo, 24, Ham Kay, 22, and Chok Sary, 35, all from Poipet’s O’Chrou district, were arrested May 3 in Poipet commune, said Nuth Ly, O’Chrou district police chief.

Police confiscated replicas of two Thai police stamps and four Cam­bo­dian immigration police stamps, which the three used to alter old bor­der passes, he said. The trio charged about 1,500 baht per pass—about $40, he said.

“They told us they have been run­ning this business since last year, but only changed pass photos,” Nuth Ly said. “They started using fake stamps early this year, and have sold their services to about 20 to 30 people a day.”

Nuth Ly added that police were investigating another group also suspected of border pass forgery. “This act causes many Cambo­di­ans to be arrested and jailed in Thai­land,” he said. He advised people to buy passes directly from the immigration po­lice office.

Pich Saran, immigration police chief at Poipet International Check­point, said Cambodian authorities were considering altering the look of of­ficial border passes to include subtle security features to foil forgers.

“We are asking top leaders to ap­prove new stamps and use special print­ing techniques,” he said.

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