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The Education Ministry permanent secretary Chaipruek Serirak advised that businesses are advised to actively verify their employee’s educational qualifications with their educational institution to safe guard them against employing people who have used fake qualifications. He confirmed that most state agencies had incorporated strict background checking systems for potential employees and anyone with found with forged documentation would be charged with fraud.

His comment followed the arrest of two groups of suspects for selling fake diplomas and other educational qualifications. He further confirmed that the buying and selling of such qualifications was real. These fake certificated generally cite credentials from the Office of Basic Education Commission or the Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education, etc. increase the need for thorough background checks.

The Higher Education Commissioner chief Supat Champathog was grateful to the police for arresting the sellers of fake credentials and urged the continued arrests of more groups and to notify the universities of any names that are used in fake papers so they can file police complaints. The chief believed that university people were not a part of these illegal acts as most institutions have good student registration systems that prevent the easy access to abusing information.

Four suspects charged with conspiracy were presented by chief Lt Generak Sanit Mahathavorn for conspiring to falsify educational certificates with intent to sell on the internet along with all evidence that was seized which includes 18 fake education certificates, 19 stamps of universities and schools. They also had bank account books which were used to receive payments from customers.

The supects Kittiwat Charnwimonrat,23, and Juthawadee Sirisuksawat, 21; were arrested in the Surin province whilst the rest Weerapol Khamsaeng, 25 and Lalita Kaeboonreung, 22 were arrested in a separate province. Kittiwat admitted that he had studied how to falsify documentation online and subsequently hired stamp-making shops to produce school and university seals for the falsification of documents. He further confirmed that he had sold fake documents online in an amount ranging from Bt3500 and Bt9800 a document. He further confirmed that most of his clients were from customers from Mathayom 3, Mathayom 6 and the NFE Kor Sor Nor certificates and that he received about 20 orders a month and also that he had been in this business for 2 years. For background screeningcontact United Screening.


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