A cautionary tale for anyone who’s ever visited Thailand and considered extending their holiday by working without filling in the necessary paperwork and obtaining a work permit.
According to a report in the Samui Express, three Westerners were arrested on the island of Samui late last week by immigration police and taken to the local police station for questioning.
Swiss citizen Bernard Edmond Junet, 69; British woman Dianne Serla Virks, 58; and German Carmen Dailn, 51, are believed to have been running a business on Koh Samui without work permits.
The trio are believed to have worked for S.T. Owner Management, which is responsible for collecting payments for power, water and other utility bills from residents of the Santi Thani housing project in the Maenam area of Koh Samui.
The three suspects have been longtime residents of the island, and are also suspected of working as property agents, selling residential units on the side.
However, despite police Lieutenant Colonel Vatchaphong Praipan’s assurance that the police are investigating the trio, they were soon released from custody after paying a fine.