An Indian man and 27 Thai women have been arrested in connection with a fake-marriage registration scam that enabled Indians to get residential visas in Thailand, a senior police officer announced on Monday.

Pol Lt-General Surachate Hakpal, immigration bureau chief and deputy head of the technology crime suppression centre, said Wikrom Layerhi (not official spelling) had been arrested on a charge of being a broker to arrange for Thai women to register fake marriages with Indian nationals.

The arrest was made following a long investigation, and 27 Thai women have also been taken into custody, he added.

Surachate said police found that the women had been hired for Bt8,000 to Bt10,000 each to register their marriages with Indians, so that the men could be granted residential visas.