A young Korean man living in Pattaya lied to his parents in South Korea about being abducted to get money to take care of his Thai girlfriend. Police who initially came to rescue him had to later arrest him for overstaying his visa.
Pattaya Police yesterday, April 4th, undertook a rescue operation to free a Korean man who had been reported abducted by his parents in South Korea.
The parents of Mr. Kim Hyeongil, 24, reported to the South Korea Embassy in Thailand that their son told them he was kidnapped before he was about to board a flight from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport back to South Korea. Kim suddenly lost contact with his parents, so the worried parents immediately contacted the embassy for help, leading to a rescue operation.
Pattaya Police went to check Kim’s rental residence in Pattaya and unexpectedly found him relaxing inside the house. When he saw the officers, the Korean youngster suddenly ran away and hid in a deserted field behind the house. The officers followed and captured him, and brought him in for questioning at the Chonburi Immigration Office.
According to police, Kim admitted that he was neither abducted nor being tortured. He said he only wanted his parents to transfer him money so that he could take care of his Thai girlfriend who lived with him at the house. Kim claimed he had to fake his abduction because his parents did not give him money despite his repeated requests.
Pattaya Police disclosed to The Pattaya News that immigration officers are proceeding with legal action against him not for his fake kidnapping story but for the fact that he had overstayed his visa for 497 days.
Under Thai law, Kim may face a fine, deportation, and blacklisting from re-entering Thailand.
The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.
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