A convicted Scots fraudster hoodwinked a British real estate boss into believing that he was an officer and a gentleman, before presenting him with a 1.76 million baht bill for legal services, a Thai court heard.
Brian Goudie, formerly known as Brian Goldie when he was sentenced to six years in jail in Australia for fraud, convinced 47-yr-old John Jepson from Thetford, Norfolk, that he was the real deal, and persuaded him to take on a case against another Australian conman for fraud.
Using Thai lawyers (at a much lesser rate than the £1000 or 50,000 baht a day that he was charging) the case was won in Thailand against the Australian called Peter Taouk who had defrauded Jepson out of several properties in Pattaya.
But it was a pyrrhic victory. While the proceedings dragged on Taouk sold on the properties and left the country. A criminal warrant is out for his arrest in Thailand.
Goudie, or Goldie had also been on a 20 per cent success rate. He wished therefore the property 91/6 The Peaks Residence in Bangkok ‘s Sukhumvit Soi 15 which Jepson had allowed him to live in.
The prosecution claim that as Goudie had totally misrepresented himself he had obtained pecuniary advantage by fraud.
John Jepson said: “I was introduced to Mr. Goudie on Koh Samui by an acquaintance called Tony Bates. He told me that Goudie was a former Royal Marine officer and a barrister in the United Kingdom.
“When I saw Goudie he said the same himself,” he added.
Goudie presented Jepson with a CV with his law degree. The plaintiff has received confirmation (below) that Goudie, previously Goldie in his youth, never attended Edinburgh University to study law.
|No Brian Goldie studied law here – said Edinburgh Uni|
Jepson said he found out about Goudie by reading www.andrew-drummond.com. Goudie had lived in his condominium virtually rent free, but then tried to pay a lump sum which was rejected.
“You do know that Andrew Drummond has five* defamation cases against him, don’t you,” asked the defence counsel.
“I do not believe it (that he has committed defamation),” replied Mr. Jepson.
He said that £1000 a day was not particularly a high fee for a barrister in the UK – in fact some charged many times that amount so it did not come as a surprise to him.
The case at Pattaya Provincial Court was adjourned until July 26 2013.
Alba Laws, the legal company set up by Goudie in Thailand, no longer has any lawyers. Mr. Goudie, who did not appear used a local law firm to represent him.
|Former prisoner E0000274 Brian Goldie’s discharge papers from Hakea Prison, W.A.|
A lawyer for Goudie said that in a separate case of fraud being brought before court by an American woman, Barbara Fanelli Miller from Madison, Wisconsin, they were seeking to settle and return the money.
Seventy-five-year old Barbara Fanelli Miller said that Goudie had taken US$300,000 from her on a promise to get her son Gregory Miller, an international school teacher, off child sex abuses charges and back home to the United States.
|Goldie was described as a with 100 per cent integrity by a mining company official. That was before he was jailed
for, er, defrauding the mining company.
She had been met at Suvarnabhumi International airport in Bangkok by a Mr. Ian Tracy, a Briton, and Goudie’s representative, who volunteered as a prison visitor to Nong Plalai Prison, Pattaya, for the Mercy Centre, charity in Pattaya.
Mr. Tracy was later arrested on the premises of the ‘Jaggy Thistle’ pub and guest house in the Jomtien Complex, Pattaya, and the registered Pattaya address of Alba Laws, and is now himself serving four years in jail for child sexual abuse.
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1. Brought by Wanrapa Boonsu – for publishing a picture with the caption under her and Drew Noyes, saying ‘Going to Jail”. An identical case brought by Drew Noyes was dismissed.
Wanrapa Boonsu is before the Pattaya Provincial Court on charges of (a) extortion of the Thonglor Clinic, Jomtien and (b) defrauding Dutchman Theo van der schaff of 2.5 million baht
Brought by Drew Noyes and David Hanks. (a) Hanks claimed Drummond defamed him by allowing posters on his site to call him a former pimp. Hanks has been proven beyond doubt to have been a pimp. Seems even his sister in Scotland has admitted it but ‘did not approve’. Noyes claims his reputation has been ruined by the references to oral sex, pimps, and mia nois (minor wives). He registered the website officialblowjobs.info on the net, and has local children not including the seven by his former wife and current common law wife, and will be challenged.
They both claim they run a respectable businesses and pay large amounts of tax in Thailand. Their businesses have been damaged. As Mr. Hanks did not even have a work permit in Thailand and Mr. Noyes business have been the subject of a series of complaints, and his arrest for extortion has been reported in the Thiai Rath and Nation, these claims will be challenged.
Brought by Goudie – He claims however he was never on the run and a suggestion that he was is libelous. Most of the complaints appear to refer to headlines in the Scottish Sunday Mail which of course Andrew Drummond did not write. He has produced an article which cannot be read in Thailand. Goudie, under the name Goldie, was convicted of defrauding a mining company in Australia and jailed for six years. Prior to that, the Australian Appeals Tribunal noted, he declined to return to Scotland to challenge an arrest warrant issued there for fraud. The Deputy President recorded that he was ‘not a person of good character’.
Drummond Makes a New Enemy
Head of Pattaya Court Detains Andrew Drummond
On June 6 police chased Andrew Drummond at Pattaya Court. Drummond fled in his car.
A formal report was field by court police who witnessed Andrew Drummond illegally and secretly video-taping witnesses entering Pattaya Provincial Court in an on-going case against him.
No filming has ever been done in a case against Andrew Drummond. However limited filming was done during the Drew Noyes extortion case. The provincial court is not filmed.
On Tuesday, June 11 at 10:45 am Pattaya Court Police again saw Andrew Drummond taping at the courthouse with two unidentified, white, middle-aged males. Drummond was captured by police and his video camera was seized.
This situation is fiction. No camera has ever been seized on any date in relation to Andrew Drummond. Nobody has been captured by police. I have never been in the court working with white middle aged males, though I have nothing against them.
The head of the court admonished Drummond for clearly breaking the law and warned him that if he ever records any activity at the court house that he will be prosecuted by the court.
Simply not true.
Separately, a criminal complain has been lodged against Andrew Drummond with the Pattaya Provincial Court by several Thai citizens. Drummond allegedly was hiding low in the front seat of his car video taping people exiting the court house.
Sounds like total fiction. Not interested in filming Thai citizens. He can’t lie low and tape at the same time.
Because witnesses can be intimidated and undercover officers can be exposed, it is illegal to photography, video tape or record by any electronic means at the court.
Witness intimidation is not a speciality of this camp.
Andrew Drummond is not recognized as a journalist by the court and he is not approved to conduct himself as a journalist. He has been barred from reporting on several trials on which he blogs because the judges were presented conclusive evidence posted on his own public blog that Drummond had totally lied about witness testimony in an effort to falsely incriminate defendants.
Drummond, is of course a registered international journalist accredited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Thai Government PRD in and has been for over 20 years, for The Times, The Observer and the London Evening Standard. He does not need to be formally recognised as a journalist at Pattaya court or any court. There is no recognition system. But of course his credentials can be requested. He has not been barred from reporting any trials. A judge in the case of Andre Machielsen v Drew Noyes said he could sit through the proceedings but ordered him not to take notes. (The judges have been presented with sweet FA) However a full note of the proceedings was taken by representatives of the the plaintiff, as was his right.
FACT: Members of an international television documentary team did film around the Pattaya Provincial Court area on a different date to the ones mentioned above. There were no white ( I presume caucasian) middle aged males – just one old one, er Andrew Drummond.
While restrictions do exist, international and local film crews have filmed in the environs of courts in Thailand and specifically in Pattaya many times. Some of these films are on youtube.
There was an incident and a request to stop filming. No cameras were seized. A request was made on their behalf to interview the chief judge. The team left. Their explanation as to what they were doing was accepted. The interview request is under consideration. The documentary team were filming Andrew Drummond at the court in relation to the operator of the blogspot site.
Drummond keeps a shorthand note of English language proceedings and uses Thai interpreters. What you get on this site will be the truth. The direct quotes will be accurate. If they are ever misheard they will be corrected.
Regular readers will know that already.