The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) raided an accounting and law company in Chalong for allegedly being an illegal network nominee for foreigners with a hundred million baht of total damages.
The raid on Thursday afternoon (June 15th) at the company was led by Major Suriya Singhakamon, the DSI director general. Staffers were working as normal while servicing foreign customers who wanted to set up companies. They were all asked to stop working while DSI officers were collecting evidence.
Major Suriya told the Phuket Express “The owner of this company is a Thai woman who has a British husband. The raid followed us having found that the company is allegedly being serviced by foreigners to set up companies as nominees. This accounting company has about 40 staffers and the company has been operating for more than 15 years.”
“There are about 100 companies which have been registered by foreigners with this company. Of those, 44 companies are involved with land which have cost about 100 million baht of damages. Most of their customers are Russians. Many of these registered companies are being operated with forbidden jobs for foreigners such as renting and selling lands and properties,“ Major Suriya told the Phuket Express.
“These kinds of businesses are being operated in Phuket, Chiang Mai, and other famous tourism places in the East and places with a high cost of land where there are many foreigners living,” Major Suriya told the Phuket Express.
“Foreigners are real company owners with Thai people as shareholders. Buying lands via nominee companies are not real businesses because by law they have to pay for tax and other fees, about 10 percent for each time of purchase. Foreigners buy lands via changing shareholders to avoid tax and Thai law around owning land. The future problem is, lands will finally belong to foreigners, which is strictly against the law in Thailand and what sparked this raid.” Major Suriya told the Phuket Express.
The Phuket Express noted the name of the company was not revealed by officials pending further investigation. The names of the owners of the company were also withheld.
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