Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016


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.


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 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 (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

It may have something to do with a latest complaint, through diplomatic channels and all very secret, to Thailand’s DSI – who took one look at Norbert and came up with ‘A-ha phaasi”

To you and me that’s TAX.

Of course complaints to the DSI and re-assurances that something will happen do not mean that anyone is really listening and something will happen.

They could simply be buck passing to the tax department.

If he has not paid any tax then Norbert I guess must have had a long local arrangement for years.

From this chart it does not look like the companies he now no longer owns have paid any at all. Pharanya Khana Rat is is current wife.

The worry for Norbert is of course that the current military government have vowed to clear up mafias, and undesirable foreigners, and the opinion in Bangkok is that they are quite successful at it.

Not only that, they say they intend to go after ALL mafia, the mafias supporting the ousted PMs Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra and those in the south of Thailand supporting the democrats.

Whether the military will replace the mafias with their own, a view held by us cynics, is neither here nor there…Heads will roll, and those heads could be those who have supported Verweyen for so many years.

Debbie Abrahams, Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, in the U.K. had written many times to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the problems with Verweyen on Koh Samui after complaints from a constituent.

In the official response the FCO stated that it couldn’t get involved with overseas legal proceedings.

This led to Ms. Abrahams commenting officially.

“This has been an incredibly frustrating and drawn out process for (my constituent). I know she’s deeply disappointed with the investigation process but I will continue to support (my constituent) in any way I can."

The other stuff is of course all unofficial. And so it should be.

While the military government says it will crack down on mafia, it rarely has much diplomatic dialogue with Embassies here, and terrorized foreign homebuyers on Samui may not be near the top of their list.

Verweyen could be as safe as houses.

After all he did arrive on the island when it was tranquil, unspoilt and one could get a beach bungalow for US$3.00 a night.



Nicky said...

Andrew, Why am not surprised by Debbie Abrahams comments about the FCO ? Anyway the FCO is far too busy these days promoting Britain is great campaigns. to really care about British citizens overseas ... Even when they do offer to help following nationals who may need help are treated very harshly by the embassy or consulate even not so long ago MPs attack ‘repeated failures of compassion with the Foreign Office and condemned for failing Britons in need of help also recently Bereavement services offered when Britons die abroad had fallen well below expected standards..

Gerry westerby said...


Gerry westerby said...

The FCO is utterly useless and as effectual as a chocolate teapot.

Nicky said...

Just having seen the news how can anybody put faith in these so called MPs .. When they can’t even turn up for work or a debate ... As MPs skip debate about veterans' care in total only nine turn up on a debate about veteran’s care ...

Seems like double standards within the establishments these days.? even when I wanted to speak with my local MP I was basically fobbed off to a caseworker as my MP was too busy securing his seat for the next term or busy at NO10 partying with David Cameron.
Even Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman is no better and always side with the government establishments when something goes terrible wrong truth be told Andrew ...? even with my case it taken them to look at my case seven months and all the while chasing people up who can't be bothered to show any sort of common decency let alone a reply to your emails you are sent to them but instead you only receive automatic email response is a joke ...

By the way not so long ago Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman made the headlines about covering up hospital sexual harassment case. So how can anybody have faith with the government and politicians when they can’t be bothered to go work or a debate it’s a bit like pot calling the kettle black..

Observer said...

Hello Andrew, I have a multiple choice questionnaire for you. Recently you dropped an article regarding a French woman detained in prison for over stay in Thailand. Was the article dropped based on?
a) Request from the victim or friends of the victim
b) Difficulty in verifying the claims and some personal suspicions (I had plenty)
c) a + b

Bob Kneale said...

Couldn't agree more, Garry.

Andrew Drummond said...


Lancashirelad said...

Hello Observer, I too had the same query as you when I noticed that AD had pulled the French lady story.
I put it down to piss-poor investigative journalism.

Andrew Drummond said...

Piss-poor judgment I'm afraid on that one.

unitedwestand said...

Thank you AD for the update.
Interesting claim about 'word of mouth' sales; that mag conveniently forgot the expensive glossy mags, sign boards and good old fashioned blarney.
Something must have spooked them cos the OK Property websites have disappeared too.

D. Farang said...

Rats always jump from a sinking ship first. Rule number one, and two.

These Thai expat "financial" scum are unrepentant cockroaches, black ones - cleverly disguised as rats - so cover the drain on your shower when not in use - else they'll creep out under cover of darkness to ply their nefarious "trade"

This is squish cockroaches week - all year long

Boy have I gots a deal for youuuu

Wentworth said...

Ok 1st off Andrew you do a great job with this website and you have probably saved countless people from being scammed.
But really you should offer a genuine mea culpa for posting that scam story.
No harm done probably or not much as you took it down speedily, but come on you got had, happens to the best of us in Thailand.
A full explanation is warranted.