Chartchai Iamsaeng, a senior police officer at the Thai Immigration Police Bureau, said the two Malaysians operated a shop in a commercial centre of Kuala Lumpur by giving visa extensions to non-Thais who wanted to enter Thailand.
A Thai woman, only known as Mama, was involved in the racket by directing foreign customers to them, he said.
The Thai Foreign Ministry and Immigration Police Bureau have coordinated with Malaysian authorities to hunt for the pair while the Thai woman could possibly be apprehended soon, said Pol Col Chartchai.
The Immigration Police Bureau’s Information Technology Centre found that the visa stickers, stolen from the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur, were mostly issued to applicants from Middle Eastern and South African countries.
Citizens of the two continents have been on Thailand’s watch list for their involvement in drug trafficking, crimes and activities deemed detrimental to national security.
Meanwhile, police arrested an Iranian man in a Bangkok’s condo yesterday and charged him with entering Thailand with a falsified visa.
Police said the passport of Mohammed Zedeh Nima, 24, contained a visa sticker which was stolen from the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
He was one of 300 foreigners whose passports carried the stolen visa slickers. The running number of his visa slicker matched the batch stolen from the embassy.
He told police that he entered Thailand from Tehran last November and left on February 19 for Malaysia where he reapplied for a visa to Thailand but was rejected.
He claimed that he paid US$100 to a Malaysian agent and received a visa to Thailand in two days.
Police charged him with counterfeiting and using a fake visa slicker, an offence punishable by one to ten years in jail, a fine of Bt20,000 to Bt200,000, or both.
In the northeastern province of Nong Khai yesterday, Thai police arrested two African nationals for presenting passports with stolen visa slickers at the border checkpoint.