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BANGKOK 24 January 2019 12:11
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Family alleges foul play in Phuket death of British CEO

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54 minutes ago, KnowItAllSMD said:

I live in Phuket and have met a lot of stupid rich people since I’ve been here. Most of the people made their money in a shady fashion, through fraud, Forex fraud / forex and bitcoin money laundering schemes, and drugs. Lots of drug lords in Phuket.

Well, well well. That is a sweeping statement. I guess that you do not have many rich friends. Think. Then you may realize that you do not know it all

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The story going around is that construction ceased, and that he misappropriated funds to buy the Royal Phuket Yacht Club hotel (now known as The Nai Harn) leaving many investors and homebuyers in the lurch. The project never opened. 

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2 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Talking from experience are we?

Whether he is or not it's true.

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6 minutes ago, Syduan said:

Whether he is or not it's true.

No, it is nonsense.

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8 hours ago, inThailand said:

I know some people who invested in that project and lost it all. Som na na comes to mind. 

Why "Som nam na" ? That should only apply if one made the same mistake twice ! Have a heart !

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I am afraid it is almost impossible to get justice in the Mickey Mouse Court!

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Sounds like he was a crook who bought his way out of jail and later got his just ends. Hard to promote an 800 million baht development, not deliver, and not have upset a lot of powerful people looking for justice. Understandable, and I will not worry about any lack of a further police investigation.

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Briton Steven James Granville has been released from prison after nearly 18 months , as outstanding criminal charges have been dropped over his involvement in the Purnavarna project in Phuket. 

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On 1/12/2019 at 11:27 AM, ChipButty said:

Talking from experience are we?

He didn't use his own money, he used buyers who paid a deposit toward a property and several banks backed him as well. He wasn't the one who lost money. 

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On 1/12/2019 at 10:35 AM, KnowItAllSMD said:

Meh, you would have to be an absolute moron to invest 800 million baht into a project in Phuket if you were a “legit” businessman. I live in Phuket and have met a lot of stupid rich people since I’ve been here. Most of the people made their money in a shady fashion, through fraud, Forex fraud / forex and bitcoin money laundering schemes, and drugs. Lots of drug lords in Phuket.  Lots of drug lords wanted by the authorities in Australia hiding out in Phuket. 

 

You have to ask yourself, if you’ve got 1 billion baht sitting around, why on Earth would you invest that money in a third world country? Why wouldn’t you just go to the United States and try to make something work in Hawaii? Yeah, it’s more expensive but it’s also a lot safer.

 

The reason these guys don’t go to Hawaii and other legit countries is because their money comes from corruption. Thailand could care less how you made your money in the past, hence why so many multi-millionaires and billionaires flock here. I mean, it’s part of the appeal of living in Thailand, knowing that if you have money you can pretty much bribe anyone to do whatever you want.

 

It’s very rare to see honest businessman show up in Thailand. We have the German billionaire Klaus Heben and British Billionaire Gulu Lalvani here in Phuket. These guys appear to have made their billions in a legit fashion and are doing good work for the Phuket community. But they are a rare breed. Lots of dark money here so it’s not surprising at all when you read stories like this. 

Why not report these Australian drug lords to the consulate on bypass rd?

They have a AFP office within the Bangkok and Phuket consulates. 

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