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Offline thaiga

Brit teacher arrested for faking age ♦ Surin ♦
« on: November 15, 2012, 07:33:26 PM »
SURIN - An elderly British teacher who altered his age in his passport so he could continue teaching at a school in Buri Ram now faces charges of passport forgery and possessing fake documents.

Benjamin Anthony Williams, 66, was arrested on Thursday by immigration officials in Surin province.

Officials suspected his passport had been tampered with when a machine could not read the information from the travel document.

They checked it with the Immigration Bureau's data base and found that the year of birth in his passport did not match the one in the system, according to Pol Lt Col Chatchai Samneang, chief of the immigration office in Kab Choeng district on the border with Cambodia.

The data base showed he was born in 1946, but his year of birth in his passport was 1956.

Mr Williams had gone to the immigration office with Supawadee Chansame, an official of Sine Education Co, to submit his passport and other documents and renew his stay in Thailand as an English teacher at Prakon Chai Phitthaya School in adjoining Buri Ram province. The Kab Choeng office handles Buri Ram.

Mr Williams conceded to the police through Miss Supawadee, who acted as his interpreter, that he had tampered with the first page of the passport to make his age 10 years younger so that he could continue to apply for teaching jobs with the recruitment firm.

Mr Williams' real age is 66 but the one in the passport is 56.

Sine Education, which recruits foreigners to teach English at Thai schools, caps the age limit of applicants at 60.

Pol Lt Col Chatchai said Mr Williams was handed over to Kab Choeng district police for legal action over forging of a passport and possessing fake documents.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Brit teacher arrested for faking age ♦ Surin ♦
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2012, 07:43:59 PM »
What a fool! Forging a passport because he doesn't want to retire. There would have been plenty of private schools happy to give him a job, if he is a good teacher. When I came to Korat, St. Mary's had an Australian, "Papa Ted" who was very good in getting the kids to use and improve their English, despite his age of 73. Everybody felt sorry, when he wanted to quit teaching.
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Offline thaiga

Re: Brit teacher arrested for faking age ♦ Surin ♦
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2012, 12:51:21 AM »

 foolish thing to do, wonder what will happen to him,

 feel sorry for him in a way for all he wanted to do was work.
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sicho

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Re: Brit teacher arrested for faking age ♦ Surin ♦
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2012, 07:57:37 AM »
This story comes as a great shock to me. I was once told in no uncertain terms that all Buriram Province foreign teachers were professional, dedicated and, in terms of qualifications and legal requirements, as clean as a whistle. Common sense was never mentioned so it's possible that the Province has other foreigners who are daft enough to alter a passport.

Perhaps his motives were more to do with the need for income than dedication to teaching.
 

 



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