Russian tour guide arrested

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A Russian woman who advertised her illegal tour business on the Internet was arrested by immigration police who saw the ad.

Oxana Chekmanova, 42, was nabbed by undercover officers Jan. 25 at an expensive local hotel, where she had met them to sell a boat tour.

Immigration officials said they became suspicious of a Russian-language “Tourism in Pattaya” that offered boat cruises for 3,700 baht and up. Officers simply called the number on the website, where they arranged the tour with a Russian man.

He arranged for officers, masquerading as tourists, to pick up the boat tickets at the hotel where Chekmanova allegedly described the tour and accepted payment.

She was charged with working in Thailand without a work permit, working on a tourist visa, and operating a tour business without a license.

Oxana Chekmanova was nabbed by undercover officers for allegedly operating a tour business without a license.Oxana Chekmanova was nabbed by undercover officers for allegedly operating a tour business without a license.