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Frenchman arrested for running unlicensed hotel on Koh Samui

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Frenchman arrested for running unlicensed hotel on Koh Samui

By The Nation

 

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A French businessman has been arrested for allegedly running a hotel on the tourist destination Koh Samui in Surat Thani without licence.
 

Surat Thani immigration police chief Pol Colonel Supalerk Phankosol said Yant Daniel Dukaruce (not official spelling) was arrested at a Lamai Beach hotel in Moo 3 village of Tambon Maret in Koh Samui district at 8pm Monday.

 

He was taken to the Samui police station for interrogation before seeking the court’s permission to remand him pending further investigation.

 

The arrest was made after police, Army troops and district officials jointly checked luxury villas on top of a mountain in Ban Bang Por in Tambon Mae Nam on May 14. The raid followed complaints by operators of legal hotels on the vacation island that some foreign businessmen were providing illegal accommodation on the island.

 

The official learned that a firm associated with the Frenchman illegally modified five villas on the mountain to provide 22 hotel rooms.

 

Supalerk said police summoned the businessman to face charges of illegally running a hotel, but he refused to turn up at the police station. Police later learned that he planned to fly from the island to Suvarnabhumi Airport on Tuesday and intended to leave the country, so they obtained and executed an arrest warrant from the Samui Court.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30370121

 

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6 minutes ago, dendijk said:

well that ain't gonna happen.

now that Prayut is back in the saddle for the next 20 I wouldn't count on that..

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27 minutes ago, NightSky said:

If it is personal property with an Air B&B ad to rent out a spare room or 'annex' with an occasional visitor that shouldn't warrant being arrested and deported surely?

 

This should be considered different to operating a proper resort full of tourists as a commercial business and in this is instance a licence is easily acquired if the business is legitimate..

 

..obviously there must be more to this story than what is being told here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a new code in town about hotels, more than likely the conversion will not meet the code restrictions so illigal. The new code stopped a Thai business family from building a hotel here in CM, we get to keep Maddogs

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This time a white French guy. Avoiding tax is equal to stealing. If its a phone or VAT payable

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good another one gone this what make the genuine ex pat her life difficult either be it visas or long stay 

no wonder the Thai goverment are on the look out 

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I think the real issue is; was he running a legal hotel with all the required permits and papers, or trying to do something 'under the radar'?

 

I have met too many ex-pats who think that in Thailand it is easier to take to 'unofficial route' in business, and then complain when they are caught out.

 

How easy is it to get a Hotel licence?

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