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Ukrainian man arrested over alleged forgery of credit cards


POLICE HAVE arrested a Ukrainian member of a credit card forgery gang, saying they have solid evidence of his alleged crimes.

Immigration Bureau Police chief Pol Lt-General Nattorn Prohsunthorn said yesterday that several devices for credit-card forgery were found in Oleksandr Karchkovskyi’s possession.
“We also found a list of cardholders and their credit limits,” Nattorn said. 
He added that Karchkovskyi had confessed that he sold credit-card account information for half of each card’s credit allowance. 
Karchkovskyi, who arrived in Thailand on March 11 last year, was initially arrested for using a fake credit card at a shopping centre in Bangkok’s Pratunam area on Wednesday, but the search at his rented room revealed he was linked to a credit-card forgery gang.
“Now, he is in custody. We will investigate his case further,” Nattorn said. 
He added that police had also arrested two other foreign suspects recently on separate cases. 
Roland Georg Ilmer, an Austrian, was nabbed for allegedly leading a transnational criminal network and engaging in the trade of marijuana. 
“He has allegedly exported 98 kilos of marijuana from India to Switzerland and Austria using Thailand as his base,” Nattorn said. 
The arrest took place in Chon Buri province after the Austrian Embassy alerted Thai authorities about Ilmer, who was on Interpol’s wanted list. 
Ilmer entered Thailand on August 7, 2012, portraying himself as a tourist. 
Nattorn said police had also nabbed Li Qi Feng, a Chinese national, in response to a request from China. 
“There’s an arrest warrant for Li. He is charged with bidding collusion in his homeland,” he said, adding that Li would be deported. 

Published : February 16, 2017

By : KHANATHIT SRIHIRUNDAJ THE NATION