Russian fugitive captured in Pattaya

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A Russian fugitive wanted in a 100 million baht fraud case was captured hiding out in Pattaya.

Maksim Savintcev, 35, was arrested by Chonburi Immigration Police Jan. 30 at the Easy ABC Language School on Thappraya Soi 15 where he had enrolled to obtain a student visa.

Immigration officials said Savintcev had entered Thailand from Laos via the Friendship Bridge on a 90-day education visa that expired April 18. He then extended the visa through Easy ABC.

Maksin denied being involved in any fraud and refused to sign an acknowledgement that the Russian Embassy had canceled his passport.Maksin denied being involved in any fraud and refused to sign an acknowledgement that the Russian Embassy had canceled his passport.

Savintcev denied being involved in any fraud and refused to sign an acknowledgement that the Russian Embassy had canceled his passport. So he was sent to immigration headquarters in Bangkok for further processing.