Brian Goudie, Scottish con man who posed as a barrister in Thailand to cheat vulnerable tourists and expats out of their life savings was today jailed for three years in the resort city of Pattaya.

Unshaven, wearing jeans and blue button down shirt, Goudie,48, born in Falkirk as Brian Gerald James Goldie, was led away for the first of several more charges he faces.

He was found guilty of posing as an advocate and former officer in the Royal Marines to cheat an elderly lady out of 7.8 million baht (just under US$218,000). The 78-year-old woman had given Goudie the cash for her son’s bail in a criminal case. Her son had a serious heart condition and needed treatment.

Goudie, the court heard, promised her his son would be free, but pocketed the bail and his fees and did nothing. Her son, aged 47, died in custody.

The Scottish trickster was refused bail to appeal after another victim Peter J Morris from Merseyside, enforced a warrant of arrest on another fraud charge. Morris said that with two others he had been defrauded out of over £20,000 by Goudie and his pseudo legal company Alba Laws.

He also faces revenge porn charges brought by a former assistant and girlfriend Boonrod Baikratok, 22. It’s alleged he took photos and video of him receiving a sexual service and then put them up on the internet after the couple broke up and she spoke about his scams.

Goudie, a former Bank of Scotland teller, fled Scotland to Australian the 90’s after which a warrant for his arrest was issued by the bank. With two colleagues he had set up a bogus oil industry company with a full order book and secured over £150,000 in loans.

In Australia he was sentenced to six years for stealing from a West Australia mining company where he had secured a job in the finance department.  Privately reading law books he successfully defeated attempts by the Australian Immigration officials to have him deported to face charges back in Scotland, and the Scottish arrest warrant was eventually withdrawn.

But he was described by Deputy Judge S.A.Forgie of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal as a person ‘not of good character’.

After a short spell in the United States where he set up a company Cleenbore which he claimed falsely was contracted to the United States Navy to clean its naval guns he changed his name in Scotland to Goudie and surfaced in Thailand claiming to be both a British barrister and Scottish Advocate, and a former officer in the Royal Marines.

He set up a company called Alba Laws to feed off tourists in trouble, and expats doing business in Thailand.

On the holiday island of Koh Samui British businessmen claimed Goudie had defrauded him out of some £250,000 after he told them he had access to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and had visited him in exile in Dubai. Shinawatra, he said, would swing a deal allowing the businessmen to build a super resort in protected forest on the island.  As the deal was not legal the businessmen could not sue.

Goudie also preyed on Britons buying holiday homes in the sun working with crooked ‘developers’ whose promises were nothing but dreams. It was one of these buyers, Peter Morris, from Merseyside, who enacted the latest warrant for his arrest.

Goudie however later specialized in representing Britons awaiting trial for various offences in Nong Plalai jail Pattaya, or promising to get prisoners out of jail to appeal their cases.

One of his biggest coups was to get former Ulster drugs trafficker Jimmy ‘Doc’ Halliday, who was in prison serving 18 months on assault charges to sign over a Power of Attorney to him.

Halliday had contracted the flesh eating disease necrotising fasciitis in Nong Plalai jail but he died in hospital while under armed guard.

Halliday’s assets had been seized in Ulster under Proceeds of Crime laws but in Pattaya he had bought a 12 roomed bar and guest house called  ‘The Blarney Stone’ and also two apartments.  Goudie then transferred all of Halliday’s assets into his own name and companies he had set up in Thailand.

But his Goudie’s favourite clients were those on child sexual abuse charges.

Greg Miller an international school teacher had been arrested on child sexual assault charges.

He was jailed for 25 years, although his live in Thai girlfriend later stated that she had been offered the equivalent of £2000 to testify against him.

Greg Miller

His mother Barbara Fanelli Miller, from Madison, Wisconsin was cheated out of the equivalent of US$218,000  according to the charge – though her lawyers say the real total was over US$300,000.

Briton Ian Tracey from Godalming, Surrey, who was acquitted of child sexual abuse charges, after his alleged victim said police had forced him to make up the story said: 

An sms from Goudie

“I hired Goudie as my lawyer thinking he was genuine.  But I saw that he was cheating Mrs. Miller and warned her so he reported to me for child sexual abuse. 

He is evil through and through but he had me completely fooled. I had brought Miller’s case to him because I believed Miller was innocent too.”

Scots journalist Andrew Drummond formerly from Mearnside, Edinburgh, who first exposed Goudie’s activities in Thailand and assisted in the documentary ‘Brian Goldie – Serial Swindler said: “Goudie has extreme confidence in his legal brain and has managed to put off the inevitable for quite some time.

He brought libel cases against me both of which he lost. Then he brought cases under Thailand’s Computer Crime Act, not for any word I had printed but publishing pictures lampooning him in pictures of him dressed in barristers wig and gown and as an officer in the Royal Marines.

“He had discovered that this was technically an offence in Thailand under laws designed to protect the Royal family.”

“In jail he is likely to meet some of the people he set up and put there.”

After being sent down to the cells #BrianGoudie was later brought up in chains to another court in Pattaya where he was to appear as the chief defence witness for Drew Walter Noyes in cases of criminal libel brought against a Bangkok school teacher.  #DrewNoyes, who also claimed falsely to be a lawyer., is currently appealing a two year jail sentence for extortion. He was allowed bail to take his children to the United States and has not returned.

Goudie was dismissed without giving evidence. Teacher Bob Postak said: “He did not say anything. His head was in his hands most of the time.”


    1. Mr. Drummond isn't the type of person to gloat as they (Goudie and Noyes) would if the tables were turned. They are 180 degrees different in the way they operate, hence the anger from the other side.

      Everyone knows they are examples of among the worst that humanity "offers" up.

      And let's not blame the parents shall we.

      Half-Time score:

      Karma 1
      Brian 0
      Noyes N.A.

    1. I can absolutely confirm that there are several people in Nong Palai who have it in for him. I only got out a few weeks ago or I fear I might have been tempted to put the boot in.

    2. But Billy, I'm chuckling already in anticipation. There'll have sore faces from laughing – Brian will have more than a sore face to be concerned about though.

      Wonder how funny he'll think that is? Someone on the inside needs to ask him how it's working for him so far?

      Som non naaa was never more apropos.

  1. He must be wortied about going the way of Doc Halliday or worse still meeting up with those he swindled. I hope those defrauded now chase him for whatever assets he has left.

  2. I'm still confused why he even showed up……he could have vanished and run…..
    Have the years here of fraud and corruption befuddled his mind and reasoning to such a degree that he became so arrogant that he believed he'd walk free yesterday?
    He openly boasted of his friendship with a police colonel at Dog Town police station in Jomtien………I wonder if Bwian became such an embarrassment influential people decided it was time for him to face the future alone…… as happened to Noyse.

  3. Considering the brashness of the characters and the crimes, I'm wondering if the MSM media, inside and outside Thailand, will retell this whole sordid story.Twists are sure to come. The real question needs to be asked: Why did't this guy do a runner? The mystery and intrigue is fascinating. The list of casualties is sad, even for the people who've done the public a service by exposing this all.

    1. Is this is what the inside of Thai prisons is like? This is disgraceful.
      I'm not condoning what Goudie has done – not in the slightest.
      But there are such things as human rights.
      Has the Thai justice system no understanding of this concept?
      Westerners should not be expected to have to accept "rancid rice with dirty water."
      If what you say is correct, then the Thais are beyond redemption.

    2. Human rights should be saved for human people. Where was his human rights when he sending others to the same fate but much much worse. He done the crime and hardly doing time. Save your sympathy for his victims and otherswrongly accused or imprisoned by Brians deeds

    3. Don't worry yourself Andrea if a prisoner has money he can buy food etc.There is also the Embassy food parcels.
      Save your sympathy for a genuine cause not a low down dirty con man who has conned his way around the world.
      I think you would be singing a different tune if he had conned you or your family out of thousands of hard earned cash.

    4. Billy Black, why do you promulgate such nonsense.

      Rancid rice and dirty water? Doesn't happen, Thai prison food is not to most foreigner's tastes but it is edible and nutritious up to a point and most Thai prisoners do not complain about being served it 3 times a day. Foreign convicts cannot expect to have western food laid on for them although, if they have someone on the outside they can have pizzas, for example, sent in.

      Embassy food parcels? Doesn't happen either.

    5. This is a good point.
      Yes Goldie and Noyse deserve the worst the Thai prison service can offer them……these aren’t 2 “naïve victims” or 1st time offenders. Their crime lists are long and serious spanning many decades committed in other countries as well as Thailand. Both have settled out of court on multiple occasions in Thailand. These are 2 cynical, professional, career criminals.
      However….the Thai system doesn’t categorise offenders. Just give a thought to Andrew, Bob or Ally, all looking at the possibility of guilty verdicts in Thailand.
      Their crime…… “computer crimes”….I know for a fact in Ally’s case the alleged offence was only a Facebook share of a Drummond article and with D and Bob about foreign (none Thai) criminals. From information received recently (by the alleged date stamp) not even shared when in Thailand….yet any of them may well end up in the same jail, in the same cell eating the same fish head soup with dirty rice and water and knowing the some of the quite extraordinary decisions handed down by the Pattaya court may well even be given longer sentences than the 2 carrier society destructive criminals. Now, you have to agree, that is inhuman, unacceptable and has no legal equivalent in the enlightened international community.

    6. Thank you Billy. Your point is well taken.
      Perhaps I am a bit naive…it does just seem a bit unfortunate, however, that people in detention should be treated in such a fashion.
      Ho hum..

    7. Personally I'm of the old guard that believes in punishment not namby pamby do gooders giving criminals an easy life. If jail was a hard punishment like it should be it would be a deterrent to commit further crime but it has become a joke in the UK. I firmly believe in you do the crime be prepared to do the time and do it hard like the old days not like today with TV snooker play stations 3 good meals a day Etc.

    8. Sorry bob I'm sure your right on this 1 and food is prepared fresh every day by Gordon Ramsay.
      Ask Thor as to the cuisine and conditions in sure he can give you an up to date version.

  4. Hope he's taken his heart pills with him.I seem to remember 2 adjournments in cases recently whilst Goldie was under doctors orders not to appear at court due to ongoing heart problems.
    Wouldn't want him to suffer the same fate of Gerg Miller ….. the very reason why Goldie is now doing a 3 stretch….

    1. Brian was just faking the heart problem as you well know..

      Now he can pretend to be a Christian and "reform."

      Or claim insanity.

      It's all about choices – that's why he's on the inside looking out. In fact he always was.

  5. He certainly won't need laxatives in his latest abode.

    What is the betting he has blamed his misfortune on Andrew Drummond and is uttering a thousand Scottish curses on his fellow countryman.

  6. I see Thailand's leading expat forum is not spreading the good news about the imprisonment of this serious threat to the financial security of expats in Thailand. Just like Thaivisa refused to report the trial or any reports of Goudie and Noyse's misdeeds.

    That however is no reason why we should not celebrate.

    How about organising a 'Goudie Banged-Up' celebration party !

    I think the "Key Bar" over in Jomtien would be the perfect venue. The owner 'Oui' is no doubt in a party mood, having got her hands on a nice little business, while the Goudie is enjoying the free hospitality of the corrections department.

    Party or not, I might call by myself to keep an eye on the young lady for Brian while he's otherwise detained.

    1. I don't know if the bar can be seized, but I'm almost certain some wag could get the grips on Oui in Goudie's absence.

      It would lend a whole different meaning to 'Having it in for Goudie'.

  7. I see Goudies Brian Boru Facebook page had an update yesterday, Does this mean he has been released or maybe his bargirl Oui has updated it,Any news Mr D ?

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