BUT DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS HANDS FILE TO TAX MAN AFTER DIPLOMATIC RUMBLINGS
Norbert Verweyen the rogue property developer on Koh Samui, who appears to have spent an inordinate amount of time terrorising his buyers with Computer Crime Act cases and others, appears to be beating a tactical retreat.
|NORBERT (TOP LEFT) WITH SUTHEP (FRONT RIGHT) - OK|
The man, mainly known for companies with the name ‘Coconut’ in them, has started pulling down signage on the island for his company called #OK Properties.
Buyers of his properties were amused during the enquiry into the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller to learn from Thailand’s police chief that there was ‘no mafia’ in the Samui Archipelago.
(The Regional Police Chief General Panya Mamen was removed after declaring it was the mafia wot did it.)
They were amused mainly because there was no way in a civilized world that #Norbert Verweyen, who was also accused of commissioning physical attacks, could ever escaped such a litany of harassment if the local mafia were not involved.
And for mafia on Koh Samui – read influential people.
The British Embassy has of course expressed its concern with other Embassies in Thailand (above).
But this has been going on for years and of course Verweyen proudly displays a picture of himself (top) with the ultimate Godfather of the south. Suthep Thaugsuban, former Democrat Party deputy leader, and Secretary General of People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) or "People's Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State". Thus perhaps he feels that he and is property empire are bullet proof.
On this site we reported, perhaps in the light of Verweyen’s new notoriety, that the former optician, had resorted to hiding behind a new company OK Properties.
This was his new internet image and the one he presented overseas as he offered high class residences on the island for sale or rent.
|OK PROPERTIES FROM STRENGTH TO...|
OK Properties was never registered as a company in Thailand, so if anybody paid a cheque to them, they would have little recourse to a refund.
But now the hoardings have come down and a quick check with the Department of Business Administration shows that he owns nothing at all.
The website for OK Properties is down but search OK Properties and further down you will see another site announcing ‘Everything is going to be ok with OK Properties’.
Here at Samuiholiday.com (billed as Samui Holiday Magazine) you will read this, which must be having buyers on his Santi Thani estate in stitches.
“Norbert has a good team of people working with him, most of whom speak his native German, as well as other languages, which helps in dealing with international customers.
OK Properties has gone from strength to strength over the years, with the majority of sales coming from good old fashioned ‘word of mouth’.
The company’s tag line is ‘Quality doesn’t lie’, and even the properties built 20 years ago are still in good condition and well maintained. Buyers aren’t deserted after the sale and continue to receive support from the company - it’s a perfect partnership.
Norbert has become friends with a lot of his buyers. “First a customer, then a friend,” he says.
Verweyen has been involved in over 100 court cases with his buyers/friends that included, as well as criminal defamation, bringing charges against buyers who set up estate committees to protect themselves from him, for working without a permit – which involved 80-year-olds having to attend court to defend themselves.
People around him have had unfortunate accidents including his late wife.
And his former head of sales Briton Gary Pearmain was also gunned down - but survived.
I cannot find any record of convictions for either of these offences.
How Samui court could take Verweyen’s cases seriously is of course beyond comprehension: Well perhaps not so much now in the light of the Koh Tao cases and that of Jack Hansen-Birtel.
His future ‘friends’ won’t find him at OK Properties, but they might find him at Monsoon Villas or at JFK Villa which is promoting Verweyen products.
So why all this smoke and mirrors?
Monsoon Villa - the office looks familiar