German-Thai couple arrested for operating unlicensed school

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A German-Thai couple wanted in Europe on more than 40 criminal charges has been arrested for allegedly operating the German International School without a license.

Children and Women Protection Center Region 2 officers apprehended Ralph Wies, 45, and his 39-year-old wife Phayao March 29.

The arrests came after 10 parents of students at German International School on Sukhumvit Soi 89 complained the school lacked required permits and licenses.

Ralph Wies and his wife Phayao are arrested for allegedly operating the German International School without a license.Ralph Wies and his wife Phayao are arrested for allegedly operating the German International School without a license.

Sirinyabun Throngsaeng, 34, said she had sent her 3-year-old son to the school based on promises that her child could later continue studies in Germany. However, she was afraid she’d been duped.

Wies is wanted in Germany in connection with more than 40 court cases. German television reportedly said the couple faces two arrest warrants for fraud and physical assault.

The German International School’s website proclaims the facility is “fully accredited for all International GCSE examinations.”