Russian National Arrested for Overstaying and 1 Million Baht Bribery Attempt in Surat Thani

Surat Thani-

On July 10th, the Koh Pha Ngan Tourist Police apprehended a suspect identified only as Mr. Denis, a 42-year-old Russian national, at a house in the Baan Tai sub-district of Koh Pha Ngan district. Mr. Denis had overstayed his visa by a staggering 175 days. During the arrest, five motorbikes were seized from him.

The police investigation began after receiving complaints about a foreigner advertising motorbike rental services on Telegram under the name “Bike Phangan Samui RENT SALE.”

In a sting operation, the police rented a motorbike from Mr. Denis for 2,800 baht per week. He confessed to illegally staying in the country and running the motorbike rental business to support himself, which was also illegal as he does not have a work permit or work visa.

Mr. Denis was taken to the Koh Pha Ngan Police Station, where he faces charges related to overstaying and working without proper authorization.

Shockingly, he allegedly offered one million baht to the police in exchange for his release. Reports suggest that Mr. Denis had ties to organized crime during his time in Russia.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for five years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.