Russian arrested in Bangkok for passport forgery

Police claim a group that claims to provide legitimate passports cheated clients into B30 million.

Russian arrested in Bangkok for passport forgery
On Tuesday in Bangkok, immigration authorities detained Russian national Artem Tyshkevich along with seized property. ( Photo: supplied/Wassayos Ngamkham )

A Russian man is wanted by Thai immigration officers as part of a gang that sold false passports to defrauding Thai citizens for at least 30 million ringgit.

The party ran ads on uses including VK, Telegram, WhatsApp and a site called Passport. in exchange for digital repayment, claims to be able to give passports to 15 different nationalities. It even registered a business in Thailand to give added trust, authorities said.

According to Pol Maj Gen Panthana Nuchanart, deputy director of the emigration commission, police investigators obtained a United States id that the Overseas Criminal Investigation Unit determined to be fake.

The Dominican Republic was discovered to be the source of the false documents that had been sent to clients via FedEx. The subjects ‘ initial costs were estimated to be more than 30 million baht.

Further research revealed that Russian nationwide Artem Tyshkevich was in charge of the operation. He is facing claims of producing, selling and importing false documents.

Seized from his Bangkok house were mobile devices, laptops, lender passbooks and international credit cards.