2 Thai Embassy staff held after 13 years in Visa fee scam

KATHMANDU: Two Nepali women, who were employed at the Visa section of the Royal Thai Embassy in Kathmandu have been arrested on charge of embezzling Rs 8.25 million, after 13 years from assorted locations in the Valley recently.

A team deployed from the Central Investigation Bureau apprehended Suchitra Sharma Gautam (40) of Baneshwor in KMC-10 and Sovanna Shrestha Prajapati (44) of Babarmahal in KMC-11.

In a statement, CIB said they were both arrested on Thursday.

Conwomen, Gautam and Prajapati, had masterminded the heist during their 14 months stint at the Visa section of the Embassy.

From August 18, 2003 to November 30, 2004 the duo embezzled the funds Rs 82,55,550, collected as visa fee, it said in a statement.

Speaking to THT Online over phone, SP Meera Chaudhary said, the duo reportedly went out of contact after the heist which ultimately rang alarm bells in the diplomatic mission.

"The embassy filed a case against the duo at the Maharajgunj-based Metropolitan Police Circle, however, acting on a tip-off, we successfully arrested them after 13 years of hiding in assorted locations in the Valley," SP Chaudhary shared.

CIB presented the conwomen before the Kathmandu District Court on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Court released them on Rs 4,00,000 each bail amount yesterday.