correspondent Jonathan Head went to air yesterday on BBC2 in the UK.
but it was good to see the BBC dealing with frauds against foreigners in
Thailand, which in this case impacted on
Irishman Colin Vard and Briton Ian Rance, who were cleaned out of everything in
Phuket in a conspiracy between lawyers, police, money lenders and government
|Ian Rance with family before his world fell apart|
But cheating Thai wives were merely the gullible catalysts in these cases – and
these cases happen where there are no Thai wives at all of course.
distributed among the thieves and in both cases, as usual; officials not only
took no action, but also played a major part.
the faces of those taking part in the fraud and those who actually can do
something expressing sympathy and understanding while doing very little and
probably have no intention of doing so.
by the system are of course just the tip of the iceberg of one of the world’s
great fraud hubs.
criminals did not take too long to work out that this could be a good little
earner for them too.
|No camera! says Rance’s lawyer as Head shows him the signature he forged|
quite in order for him to forge his clients’ signature in his absence, and the
Deputy Governor of Phuket feigning surprise at the five years Ian Rance has
been battling for justice, while knowing it could take a life-time, literally.
|Head interrogating Rance’s lawyer. The Flying Sporran would of course have turned the lamp on the lawyer|
that he was not there to argue he was there to solve Colin Vard’s problems. Actually the RTP promised to solve the problem
in two months – that deadline went by a long time ago.
development – but I did not see the lead into the programme or the final
comment by studio presenter Victoria Derbyshire.
|Vard accepts promises at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok.|
the BBC not coming up with a slot easily.
Frauds against foreigners in Thailand are at the bottom of news agendas.
It is the same with boiler room stories. It’s the ‘fool parted with his money’
syndrome I’m afraid. ‘Don’t they know
Thailand is corrupt’? ‘Serves them right
for taking a young Thai wife’ etc.
are part and parcel of systematic frauds common place in places in Thailand foreigners
put down new roots – and when they tried to expose it they put their lives on
the line. That is not in many guide books or government ‘travel advisory’ that
I have seen.
And they also face being sued.
“This is the result of laws that punish people for outing criminals and scammers – you get sued back as the victim and the perpetrator gets off.
It also stops you warning the public about corrupt lawyers, money laundering banks and court judgements that are absurd. This is how a cheating corrupt society which is what we have in Thailand perpetuates itself”.
The above is what Ian Rance posted on this site’s Facebook page. Readers of this site will recognise the scenario.
And in these cases while the wives took the initial steps
(by trying to sell their husbands properties) they in fact got little of the
rewards, while the wolves waiting in the wings, all from so called respectable
professions had a feast.
many. It’s part of Thailand’s black economy.