A Thai court today ordered the arrest of a Scotsman posing as a lawyer in Thailand who allegedly cheated an American woman out of over £180,000 for his fake services.
The order was made after Brian Goudie, 47, from Falkirk, failed to turn up at the Provincial Court in Pattaya, to submit himself for trial and pay bail.
Goudie, who also allegedly claimed he was a former officer in the Royal Marines, who had been injured in action, was charged with cheating an American woman, Barbara Fannelli Miller, aged 75, from Madison, Wisconsin, out of the cash claiming he would get her son Gregory Miller, 46, discharged from child sexual abuse offences.
In the evidence is a videotape on which he is heard saying: ‘Perverts. I am making so much money (from them) It’s like there is no tomorrow.”
Pattaya is a destination of choice for a number of gay paedophiles. Mrs Miller’s son Gregory Miller had obtained a job teaching at an international school near Pattaya when a court heard he paid for sex with underaged boys.
Goudie set up a law office called Alba Laws with a Thai girlfriend Sukanya Worakam,30, a former girlfriend. An arrest warrant has also been issued for her.
Under the name he was born with Brian Goldie, he was jailed for six years in 2000 for stealing over AUS$400,000 from his employers a West Australia mining company at Perth District Court.
Deputy Judge S.A. Forgie of the Australian Appeals Tribunal to whom he had appealed to stay in Australia, rejected his appeal describing him as ‘not a person of honest character’.
Goudie also has to surrender to the Pattaya Court on February 18th to face more charges of taking pecuniary advantage claiming he was a barrister with a law degree from Edinburgh University, who frequently had to return to the UK to defend clients not only at the High Court in Edinburgh but also at the High Court in London and the Old Bailey, and that he was a Captain in the Royal Marines who had served and been injured in Iraq.
A statement from Edinburgh University said no such person had acquired a law degree there.