Russian arrested for running motorcycle rental on Koh Phangan

According to authorities, a man had no work authorization and had overstayed his card.

Russian arrested for running motorcycle rental on Koh Phangan
Denis Chervenko, 42, is being detained after being arrested on Koh Phangan, a southern hotel island, for working without a force and overstaying his card. ( Photo: Supapong Chaolan )

A Soviet man who was detained for operating a scooter rental company on the holiday island of Koh Phangan was likewise found to have overstayed his card, according to police.

Denis Chervenko, 42, was apprehended on Tuesday at Pooltrap Village Bungalow in Ban Tai by regional authorities and local authorities. Seized from him were five riders, said Noppadol Khaomali, commander of Koh Phangan area.

Nearby authorities, according to Mr. Noppadol, received a complaint that Mr. Chervenko had been operating the company despite not having a work force. The Telegram social media platform ran advertisements for the company.

A part of the imprisoning crew posted as a potential customer to inquire about bicycle rental fees online after the identification of the user who had posted on social media.

The charges were 2, 800 baht per year plus the loan of 3, 500 ringgit per bike. A two-week hire was 2, 100 baht a month.

Mr. Chervenko admitted to being living in the country illegally and making a living by operating a scooter hire company.

He was accused of overstaying his immigration by 175 times and working without a work force.

The arrest came after a European man was apprehended last month for operating a barbershop on Koh Phangan for nine times. According to the law, haircutting is a profession reserved for Thai citizens.

Police capture five motorcycles from a Russian man who was detained on Koh Phangan who was running a motorbike rental business. ( Photo: Supapong Chaolan )