(Picture: Niels Colov centre in Copenhagen in the bad old days)

The head of Pattaya City’s Foreign Police Volunteers and boss of Pattaya People newspaper, radio and television, has been honoured in a FAKE United Nations medal and certificate SCAM. 

Two Pattaya newspapers the Pattaya People and the Pattaya Times triumphed the award of a UNESCO  (United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Service Cross and Certificate of Honour to Niels Storm Martens Colov at a ceremony held at a hotel in Bangkok.
But I can reveal that the whole episode was a scam. The stories published by Dane Niels Colov, and American Drew Noyes are a load of old tosh. There are no such UNESCO awards.
 The office of UNESCO in Bangkok has issued a statement:
“This is a fraudulent use of UNESCO’s logo and identity.

We have informed our HQ and will take the necessary action.”

Eleven other people are also reported to have received similar awards, eight of them Thai. But the newspapers published no further details. In a video on Pattaya People’s website one is seen to be wearing the smock of the ‘Knights of Rizal’.

Neils Colov however insists the occasion was real enough: ‘I can think of many reasons why UNESCO should give me an award,” he said. “What’s the point of the scam? It must have cost some money to set up. The meal was delicious.”

Arise Sir Niels

Good new days – UNESCO award
Niels Colov has already been inducted into the Knights of Rizal together with his friend and fellow publisher Drew Walter Noyes.

Some might argue what was the point of that too. Why would Colov, Noyes, the Mayor Ittiphol Konplume want to join a Philippines nationalist Pattaya?

That also cost someone money to set up.

UNESCO’s regional headquarters in Bangkok have launched an enquiry. UNESCO, a spokesman said,  does not issue such awards. It does give medals but those go to people who make noteworthy contributions in the fields of science,education and culture.

Why would a U.N. official from Cracow give awards in a hotel on Bangkok’s outskirts. Is he living the dream?

This may explain why this occasion at the Richmond Hotel in Bangkok however appears to be the only public occasion in which anyone has been awarded either a Certificate of Honour or a UNESCO Cross.
All these people were tricked. These awards do not exist!

The cross is a Christian religious symbol and unlikely to be used in any U.N. awards.

In the Pattaya Times the editorial says the award was presented by Dr. Mathias Kunze President of the UNESCO Center (sic) in Cracow, Poland. The ‘Certificate of Honor’ (It’s an American run newspaper) and service crosses were awarded for ‘outstanding public, scientific, and cultural engagement for human life and education’.

Richmond Hotel – Nonthaburi
Local publishers American Drew Noyes and Colov have been known to use hyperbole about their achievements.

The Pattaya Times, a partner paper of the Bangkok Post, is in the control of Noyes who is due for trial with his wife Wanrapa Boonsu on February 5th on a charge of extortion. He has a biography on which suspends all belief.

Mr.Colov, is a close friend of Noyes. They together proposed linking Pattaya with the Philippines sin city of Ángeles and Colov has been telling people in Pattaya that, with his help and the help of friends,  Noyes will be acquitted of attempting to extort the Thonglor Clinic, Jomtien, out of 7 million baht.

The Pattaya People, Colov’s own newspaper reports:
“The stylish Richmond Hotel in Bangkok was the venue to present Service Crosses from the UNESCO Center’ in Cracow, Poland, to a group of 8 distinguished Thai people and 4 foreigners residing in the Kingdom. One of the expats so honored  was Mr. Niels Colov, the CEO of the Pattaya People Media Group.
Bad old days – Colov right with far left Danish career criminals Lonne Fristrup Jensen and Leon Owild
Professor Dr. Mathias Kunze, the President of the UNESCO Center in Cracow introduced the objectives and structure of the center, and explained that Service Crosses and the UNESCO Certificate of Honour was awarded to 12 people for their outstanding public, scientific and cultural engagement in human life and education.

Good new days. Criminal turned crime buster?
He further stated that UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, eradication of poverty, and sustainable and intercultural dialogue through education, sciences, culture, communication and information.
There appears to be no specific citation included.
But that’s not surprising. The incident also happened on November 23. No explanation has been given as to the delay in printing by the Pattaya Times, but publication of this newspaper is somewhat erratic..
It does however cast doubt on Mr. Colov’s total transformation from being a gangster in Vesterbro, Copenhagen’s red light area,  who was jailed for pimping, assault, robbery and vandalism to the man he is today.
With Lonne Jensen Fristrup
 in Copenhagen after Lonne’s deportation.
Cultural engagement?
That is of course, if you follow his newspaper,  a shining light in the expat community in the resort city, the CEO of the Pattaya People Media Co., chief of the Foreign Police Volunteers, Knight of Rizal, Buddhist and vegetarian and of course most importantly consultant on everything that expats may wish to spend their money on.
Mr. Colov has however been in close touch with Danish gangland figures long after his ‘reformation’ as, he says, a member of the ‘media’.
A Facebook friend Lonne Fristrup,  pictured left, was a career criminal. This is what the Danish newspaper said about him when he was arrested in Pattaya in March 2005 and sent back to jail in Copenhagen.
Leon Erling Jensen Fristrup aka Lonne arrested in Thailand and detained by immigration authorities in Thailand. He is wanted in Denmark for a number of crimes. Since Lonne went to jail for the first time in 1963, he has spent nearly half his life years in prison. Among the judgments he has received include: theft, violence, drugs, cigarette and alcohol smuggling, pimping, procuring, receiving stolen goods, extortion and help prisoner escape. Lonne traveled into Thailand as a tourist and has been living with his Thai wife in Pattaya, 70 kilometers from Bangkok.  
Lonne Arrested in Thailand
UNESCO officials in Bangkok could not readily locate either the UNESCO center in Cracow or Dr. Mathias Kunze. Enquiries are continuing as the organisation is vast.
Copenhagen pad – white leather

But one thing they are sure of is that what went on in the Richmond Hotel was a pantomime!

Meanwhile Niels Colov has received messages of congratulations and ‘likes’on his Pattaya People Facebook page.

Mr. Colov declined to put me in touch with the promoters of the event or any of the other recipients which included ‘respected members of Thai society’.  On behalf of Dr. Kunze he has requested withdrawal of this story.

However he has not provided any contacts for Dr. Kunze while stating that the mysterious Dr. had sent him a long email explaining and documenting the legality of the awards.

Below; the Pattaya Times story.

Niels – Knight of Rizal


“The issue is now with our legal affairs department in Paris and they
will deal directly with the organizers of this event. On our side, all we can
say is that this event had nothing to do with UNESCO. The name of the
Organization was used in a fraudulent way.
Thank you once again for having alerted us.




  1. I suggest he should wander over the border and get his next UNESCO award from the management of Preah Viheah… Still this is what he does, he arranges all these daft ceremonies himself and invites unsuspecting people along. Sir Niels LOL!

  2. While he appeared to organise the Pattaya contestant for the Rizal Knighthoods I understand the big cheese did come from Bangkok. I should point out that he insists he went to this award ceremony after receiving a letter of invitation. In the excitement he may have forgotten to Google.

  3. Oh… Wee….

    Damn, Niels might really be in big trouble if Dr. Mathias Kunze is the same as this one

    A scammer

    Or an online degree mill owner

    If he have some brain, he'll claim total innocence, gotta admit that dude got some balls presenting fake awards and crosses like that, but it smells like an immediate attempt to gain some sort of credibility, jesus christ, just though Niels was gonna come out of this alright, but guess the old bulldog, wouldn't let go of his leg.

  4. Colov could have been scammed, he's an obvious target given his obsession with self publicity, maybe he paid a lot of money for that delicious meal.

  5. Mr. Colov insists the awards were genuine and says he has documentation to show that it was a legal event. UNESCO have been informed and they have stuck to their official statement. Mr. Colov feels however it would be a breach of confidence to pass on details of Matthias Kunze (2 Ts I understand) and will not also pass on details of other recipients. As he and the Pattaya Times only chose to write about Niels Colov as a recipient I do not know the others. But there seem to be one or two familiar faces on the Pattaya People video. I would not wish to embarrass any Thai nationals. But I may talk to the eds at Thai Rath or Khao Sod later. The UN I understand are making their own enquiries about who hosted the event.

  6. OK, let's put it another way.. Let's say someone was desperate for an audience with a "person of influence" for example and all email, telephone calls were ignored etc.. There may be absolutely no other way to get that meeting except to organise a bogus ceremony like this. Now that's more like it! Any idiot with google could assume the following..

    1) These UNESCO cross's do not exist,
    2) Matthias Kunze of UNESCO seems to be a figment of someone's imagination,
    3) This event was not publicised on any other English or Thai language website.

    Did Noye's Judge get a Unesco cross too?

  7. Niels has the documentation to show it was a "legal" event? Isn't that a wee bit different than that the event was actually sponsored by UNESCO?

    I can't wait to hear who actually paid for the event. My guess – The Knights of Rizal, that way no one of the members could be held responsible.

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