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US couple arrested in Bangkok Film Festival graft probe: justice

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A group photo of 2005 Bangkok International Film Festival private dinner (L-R) Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Juthamas Siriwan, actor Michael Douglas, Patricia Green of Festival Management Inc., Gerald Green the President of Festival Management, Inc., and director Joel Schumacher in Bangkok, in January 2005. Gerald Green and his wife Patricia have been arrested for paying 1.7 million dollars in bribes to a Thailand government official for the right to manage the festival, according to the Justice Department

A Los Angeles-based businessman and his wife have been arrested for paying 1.7 million dollars in bribes to a Thailand government official for the right to manage the Bangkok International Film Festival, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Gerald Green, 75, and his wife Patricia, 52, were arrested after a criminal complaint was filed in Los Angeles on December 7.

Investigators allege the couple conspired to pay more than 1.7 million dollars in bribes to a senior official with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to win a film festival contract and other deals worth more than 10 million dollars.

A Justice Department statement said the Greens set up a company -- Film Festival Management -- in 2003 to bid for the rights to stage the Bangkok International Film Festival.

Between 2003 and 2007 the Greens allegedly funneled cash to the Thai tourism official who used the money to influence the awarding of the contracts for the film festival, which is run by the TAT.

The recipient of the alleged bribes was not identified in the Justice Department statement.

The Greens face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on all charges, the statement said.

The Bangkok International Film Festival is one of the biggest events of its kind in Asia and has been held annually since 2002.

Source: AFP - 19 December 2007

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A group photo of 2005 Bangkok International Film Festival private dinner (L-R) Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Juthamas Siriwan

The recipient of the alleged bribes was not identified in the Justice Department statement.

Perhaps the recipient was "unforgettable."

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US couple arrested in Bangkok Film Festival graft probe: justice

The recipient of the alleged bribes was not identified in the Justice Department statement.

"The complaint did not directly name the allegedly involved Thai official. But it said "she" was president of the Bangkok International Film Festival and governor of the TAT.

The only person apparently meeting that description is Juthamas Siriwan."

Source: Bangkok Post

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They seem to have a very cosy relationship going back several years at least, in business dealings, with a different company name then, of an entirely different festival... :o

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The driving force behind the Pattaya Music Festival, TAT Governor Juthamas Siriwan, was recently seen at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort during the 3-day festival, together with Gerald Green, president of Viridian Entertainment.

- Pattaya Mail / April 17, 2003

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To: NATIONAL EDITORS

- U.S. Department of Justice Press Release

Film Executive and Spouse Arrested for Paying Bribes to a Thai Tourism Official to Obtain Lucrative Film Festival Management Contracts

WASHINGTON -- A Los Angeles film executive and his spouse were arrested today on allegations of making corrupt payments to a Thai government official in order to obtain lucrative contracts to run an international film festival in Bangkok, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Justice Department announced today.

Gerald Green, 75, and his wife Patricia Green, 52, both of Los Angeles, were arrested on a criminal complaint filed on Dec. 7, 2007, in federal court in Los Angeles and unsealed today. The complaint alleges that the Greens conspired to make more than $1.7 million in bribe payments for the benefit of a government official with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in order to obtain the film festival contract and other contracts with TAT worth more than $10 million.

Gerald Green and Patricia Green owned and operated Film Festival Management, a Los Angeles-based business that was formed in 2003 specifically to bid for the management contract for the annual Bangkok International Film Festival (BKKIFF). The complaint alleges that from 2003 and continuing into 2007, the Greens conspired with others to bribe a senior Thai government official who was, at the time, the President of the BKKIFF and the Governor of the TAT. As a result of her position at the TAT, the Governor was able to influence the awarding of the BKKIFF contracts as well as other TAT contracts. More than $1.7 million in payments were allegedly made for the benefit of the Governor.

The complaint also alleges that the Greens attempted to conceal their bribery, including using different business entities, some with dummy business addresses and telephone numbers, in their dealings with the TAT in order to hide the large amount of money the Greens were being paid under the contracts; and by making commission payments to the Governor through the foreign bank accounts of intermediaries.

The conspiracy and FCPA allegations each carry a maximum of five years in prison.

The criminal case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Jonathan E. Lopez of the Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Searby of the Central District of California. The case is being investigated by agents of the FBI, Los Angeles Field Office.

Edited by sriracha john

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Birds aka crooks of a feather.....The Governor of TAT was appointed by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra..... and assumed her position in January 2002.

Juthamas makes it to the top

When Juthamas Siriwan attended the Bangkok 2002 Countdown Party at the World Trade Centre on New Year's eve with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra she could also have been counting down the hours to her appointment as governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

- The Nation / Jan. 4, 2002

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I guess she will be transfered to the dreaded inactive post and all will be forgotten. After all, this this is Thailand.

No, she and over-inflated salary were dumped by the current government as part of the Thaksin cleaning-house initiative.

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I guess she will be transfered to the dreaded inactive post and all will be forgotten. After all, this this is Thailand.

No, she and over-inflated salary were dumped by the current government as part of the Thaksin cleaning-house initiative.

She wasn't dumped but moved to the position of "Senior Advisor". I suspect even in that position she still receives and inflacted salary but not as much as before.

Edited by ChiangMaiAmerican

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Indeed the astute woman, who oversaw the "Unforgettable Thailand" slogan was overpaid and the current Governor makes a lot less... Thanks, Thaksin.

...and while you're looking up that old thread, yamaha

here's a little tidbit to consider about the folks that Thaksin was paying like the highly astute and extremely analytical thinking mind of the illustrious T.A.T. boss.

Her renumeration package was a cool 1/2 million baht per month (or 4 times what the current Prime Minister is paid):

Published on Dec 29, 2006

...former governor Juthamas Siriwan, who had a monthly salary of Bt340,000 and benefits of Bt150,000 to Bt200,000.

- The Nation

The slogan campaign was also dumped by the current government by this thaivisa thread:

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index.php?sh...=100894&hl=

"Thailand Unforgettable" Campaign To Be Dropped

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A taste of this woman's tainted history on Thaivisa:

Thais abandon hunt for tsunami dead

BANGKOK: -- Thai authorities are calling off their operation to identify the bodies of tsunami victims because they say that it is hampering attempts to lure tourists.

Families of more than 100 Britons still unaccounted for in Thailand will be outraged at the decision, taken in secret by government officials. Next of kin were promised that the international effort to identify victims would continue until the last body was returned home, no matter how long it took.

Juthamas Siriwan, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said that holidaymakers did not want to be reminded of the tragedy, so foreign volunteers would be sent home and identification sites closed.

--timesonline.co.uk 2005-03-20

Elite Card firm vows to pay ad bills soon

Thailand Privilege Card (TPC), the state-owned operator of the Elite Card membership programme, plans to pay all of its international advertising bills by the end of this year in order to regain credibility among its members and the public.

TPC chairman Somchainuk Engtrakul said the company would speedily resolve all of its problems as it had been affected by nearly a year of negative publicity.

The Office of the Attorney General is investigating who authorised the purchase of 147 million baht worth of advertising for the Thailand Elite Card on CNN and in Time, Fortune and Japan's President magazine.

The TPC board is investigating the involvement of TAT governor Juthamas Siriwan......

The Elite Card programme, the brainchild of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as a new way to promote Thailand's tourism industry, has got off to very slow start. To date, only 600 of the one-million-baht cards have been sold or given away.

Bangkok Post

Murder of British tourists deals blow to tourism

BANGKOK: -- The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Mrs. Juthamas Siriwan, today admitted that last week's murder of a young British couple in the western province of Kanchanaburi had served to damage Thailand's reputation as a tourist destination.

Speaking five days after the fatal shooting of Vanessa Arscott and Adam Lloyd, which has drawn media attention across the globe, Mrs. Juthamas Siriwan said that the intense media coverage of the murder would have an inevitable impact on the local tourist industry.

Edited by sriracha john

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Couple accused of bribing Thai official for film fest contract

LOS ANGELES - A West Hollywood couple have been arrested for allegedly bribing a Thai government official in order to run an international film festival in Bangkok.

U.S. Justice Department officials say 75-year-old Gerald Green and his 52-year-old wife, Patricia, were arrested today on a criminal complaint that claims they conspired to bribe a Thai tourism agency official more than $1.7 million.

The complaint alleges that the Greens sought to obtain film festival- and other tourism-related contracts worth over $10 million.

They are also accused of attempting to cover up their bribery by using different business entities, some with phony addresses and telephone numbers.

- Associated Press

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