Korean embezzlement suspect arrested at Sa Kaeo


SA KAEO, Feb 10 – A South Korean man charged with embezzlement in his homeland was detained Friday by Thai authorities at an immigration checkpoint in the eastern province of Sa Kaeo, bordering Cambodia.

Kim Dong Woo, 34 year-old South Korean national, was taken into custody at the immigration checkpoint in Aranyaprathet district while he was showing his passport to the officials for stamp before leaving Thailand for Cambodia, according to Pol Lt Col Somsak Jiamkorakot, Sa Kaeo immigration police inspector.

The arrest came after the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Thailand had coordinated with relevant authorities in Sa Kaeo to help arrest Mr Kim, accused of embezzling US$333,500 (Bt11 million) in Korea and fleeing an arrest warrant.

As a result, immigration police, Khlong Luek police and Thai paramilitary personnel monitored travellers crossing the border in Aranyaprathet.

During the passport check, immigration officers found that Mr Kim had overstayed his visa. He then was sent to Khlong Luek police station for further investigation as the suspect was charged with the illegal entry and overstaying his visa.

Meanwhile, authorities coordinated with the embassy to pick up the suspect and repatriate him to South Korea for prosecuting the embezzlement case.