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BANGKOK 17 November 2018 07:47
Jonathan Fairfield

Fake marriage to foreigners scandal: A job for Big Joke?

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Fake marriage to foreigners scandal: A job for Big Joke?

 

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The wide ranging scandal of foreigners paying Thai women for fake marriages in order to live in Thailand is fast developing. 

 

TNA are reporting that in some district offices the gangs and agents acting on behalf of the men - mostly from India and Pakistan - are being actively helped by the connivance of bent officials. 

 

In Bang Len district of Nakorn Pathom, for example, on one day alone 100 foreigners turned up to get married when there is a stated limit of 16 per day. 

 

Officials there are under investigation as are state employees in Wang Muang district of Saraburi. Fifty couples there tied the knot.

 

Thai women were paid anywhere between 5,000 baht and ten thousand.

 

The fake marriages - and there could be as many as 3,500 - have all  occurred since 2015.

 

Many Thai women barely knew who they were marrying and few lived together at all.

 

Raids have led to dozens of Pakistanis being deported and agents are starting to tumble. 

 

TNA published a picture of Maj-Gen Surachate Hakparn - known as Big Joke in the media - during his time as deputy in charge at the tourist police.

 

The suggestion is that now that Maj-Gen Surachate is head of immigration the heat will be turned up on those involved in the marriages of convenience. 

 

TNA suggested that 3,500 cases were currently under investigation with 2,000 in Saraburi and 1,000 in Nakorn Pathom, both provinces in close proximity to Bangkok.

 

Source: TNA

 

 
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3 minutes ago, poanoi said:

define 'fake marriage' ?

is it when its not official, i.e just a village ceremony ?

As usual it got lost in translation (TIT style), the correct phrase to use is "white marriage". Fake would have been if it never really happened and they produced fake documentation.

 

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59 minutes ago, poanoi said:

define 'fake marriage' ?

is it when its not official, i.e just a village ceremony ?

If they have officially/legally got married just so one partner can get a visa the marriage is clearly fake (fraudulent).

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11 minutes ago, elviajero said:

If they have officially/legally got married just so one partner can get a visa the marriage is clearly fake (fraudulent).

whos to say they havnt consumated the marriage ?

CCTV in the bedroom  much by the investigating arm of royal thai police force ?

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2 minutes ago, elviajero said:

Consummation has nothing to do with it! That would only be relevant if one party wanted the marriage annulled!

 

They have got married under false pretences to get a visa. It's fraud.

 

 

i just googled 'white marriage' and that is the definition according to wikipedia, do you have any other definition

as to what constitutes a 'fraud marriage' vs marriage ?

 

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17 minutes ago, poanoi said:

whos to say they havnt consumated the marriage ?

CCTV in the bedroom  much by the investigating arm of royal thai police force ?

 

Woody Allen's "Bananas" has a similar scene

 

 

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19 minutes ago, poanoi said:
24 minutes ago, elviajero said:

Consummation has nothing to do with it! That would only be relevant if one party wanted the marriage annulled!

 

They have got married under false pretences to get a visa. It's fraud.

 

 

i just googled 'white marriage' and that is the definition according to wikipedia, do you have any other definition

as to what constitutes a 'fraud marriage' vs marriage ?

Even if a marriage is not consummated it is still legal. But, again, in this context it's irrelevant.

 

If two people get married legally; it is a legal marriage, ***BUT*** Thai immigration, and every other country in the world (probably), will not issue a visa/permit to stay if the marriage was entered into to get visa, and/or the partners are not living together as husband and wife. Under immigration rules the marriage must be de facto and de jure.

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