The former owner of the Masquerades Brothel in Melbourne has been arrested in Pattaya, Thailand on a charge of illegal money laundering.
David John Hanks, 65, was seized after the arrest of Mr Ayrat Khabiryanov, aged 25, a young Russian national. The arrest of the Ayrat was actually reported in June but no mention was made at the time of the arrest of Hanks, originally from Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland but of dual British Australian nationality.
The operation run by Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation revealed how Khabiryanov worked for a larger organization which also involved Thai Nationals. They would lend money to other Russians of between 5,000 and 30,000 Baht at an interest rate of 60% per month or 2% per day.
If the customers failed to pay on the agreed dates their original passports would be confiscated. The Russian detainee had been reportedly running the operation in Pattaya since November 2012.
It’s now alleged that the former pimp Hanks provided the cash while Khabiryanov found the customers.
Police who carried out the arrest on behalf of the DSI found a number of passports in the Russian’s home in Central Pattaya, reported Pattaya One News.
Details of the arrest of Hanks, however, who had sold his brothel business to Chinese businessmen, and also his house in Melbourne, to take up residence in Thailand, only emerged after he recently requested the return of his passport to go back to Australia on business. An inducement may have been involved. Hanks has been whinging that he is 'out of pocket'.
He has been working out of the offices of One Stop Services run by phoney American lawyer Drew Noyes and his common law wife Wanrapa Boonsu in the Thepprasit Road, Jomtien.
Hanks jointly owns a company with Wanrapa Boonsu, which he says is to import and export plastic products.
Recently Hanks was named in the trial of Drew Noyes and Wanrapa Boonsu for conspiracy to extort the Thonglor Clinic, Jomtien, out of 7 million, then 2.5 million baht – on pain of a raid by police and bad publicity in Noyes’ former Pattaya Times newspaper.
The clinic’s joint owner Australian Dr Mike Goulet told Pattaya Provincial Court he was scared for his business and his security, after being confronted at the clinic by Hanks.
Hanks, he said, had checked in at the clinic and asked to see him announcing that he was connected to the Chinese mafia in Australia where he had been in the sex business in Melbourne. His new boss Drew Noyes wanted to meet with him.
But his boss Noyes, then publisher of the Pattaya Times newspaper, did not want to talk about advertising the Thonglor Clinic when they spoke.
Said Dr Goulet: “When Noyes called he said: ‘Come to my office and we can talk about the protection we can offer so your business can run smoothly.” – the case continues.
|David Hanks, Samui lawyer, Brian Goudie|
Brian Goudie himself faces two criminal cases in Pattaya Provincial Court.
(1)J Pretending to be a qualified British lawyer to obtain business to Briton John Jepson.
(2) Obtaining US$300,000 by deception from Barbara Fanelli Miller, for the release of her son Gregory Miller, 47, from Nong Plalai Prison, posing as a qualified British barrister and former Royal Marines Captain.