Pattaya Daily News

13 March 2012 :: 10:03:26 am 62545

American Pattaya Newspaper Owner Nabbed Charged of Extortion

Pattaya police in a sting operation arrested the owner of a Pattaya English language newspaper who threatened to extort 7 million THB from an Australian business man.
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PATTAYA – March 10, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; Pol.Maj.Gen. Jamnong Ratanakul Chonburi police and Pol.Col.Nantawut Suwanlaong- director with special police team said that, they had arrested Mr.Drew Walter Noyes, age 56 years, an American citizen and owner of a Pattaya English language newspaper for alledgedly blackmailing Australian Mr.Michele Goulet, age 59. The owner of a beauty clinic called Thong Lor Clinic in Pattaya Chom Tian; the victim.

Police Major General Jamnong Rattanakul said at a press conference that the Australian businessman complained to the police that Mr. Noyes had threatened to run a story in  a Pattaya English language newspaper  claiming that Thonglor Clinic uses substandard equipment. Mr. Goulet further alleged that Noyes offered to withhold the story in return for payment of seven million THB. The victim and the suspect negotiated and agreed on 2,300,000 million THB.

Later Pattaya police investigation team in a sting operation seized 100,000 THB the down payment of the agreed extortion sum.

Upon investigation Mr. Noyes denied all accusations said that he would give his testimony only in court.

However, Pattaya police had enough evidence and the investigation will continue.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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