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Tourist police in Phuket yesterday (Dec 2) arrested a Russian woman for working illegally when she attempted to sell a condo unit to an undercover officer.
Lt Ekkachai Siri of the Tourist Police said that they had received a tip-off from the building owner stating that Spirkina had posted a message on Facebook advertising a unit in the building for sale.
The advert was aimed at foreigners, and was selling the unit for a lower price than usual.
The owner was afraid that the advert could possible be fraudulent and could see any buyer defrauded for their money.
They also felt it would lead to damage to Phuket’s real estate market.
“We had an undercover officer contact Spirkina via Facebook pretending to be a potential buyer.The officer arranged an appointment to view the unit,” Lt Ekkachai explained.
When Spirkina arrived at the meeting point, she soon discovered the potential buyer was an undercover officer and was immediately arrested.
When presented with the evidence against her, Spirkina admitted that she posted the message on her Facebook, however, she said that she was working for a real estate company in Thalang but did not have work permit because she was still a trainee.
Spirkina was taken to the Tourist Police Station for questioning before being sent to Chalong Police Station to face the charge of working in Thailand illegally.
Police are continuing to investigate the case as they are highly suspicious that the case could possibly be fraud.