Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This is one of my favourite photographs from Thailand. It’s a picture of three Thai policemen and one foreigner arrested on kidnap charges. Can you spot the cops?  No, they’re covered up.

American John McCleary, however, is displayed for the media cameras in a case in which the farce continued right through the trial. 

Hutcherson kidnap (police re-enactment!)
John McCleary and his brother James were found guilty of the kidnap of American Mark Hutcherson, who was described as an American oil company executive, and sentenced to 18 years.

The three cops (in white) led by Lt. Colonel Thanapong Bunnag (on the left in pink-peaked baseball hat) were given sentences of 12 years. 

The person in the black hoodie handcuffed to McCleary is 'Dam' the motorcycle driver who brought the meals to the kidnap address.

Mark Hutcherson was, of course, not an oil man but well-known boiler room fraudster and partner of Briton Paul Hayward, from Birmingham, the man who bought the master lease for Thailand’s busiest sex bar area ‘Nana Plaza’. 

Lt. Col. Bunnag, worked for the Thai Immigration police and the others worked for the Crime Suppression Division and Metropolitan Police. The Bunnags by the way are one of the old traditional and very wealthy families of Thailand.

The McCleary brothers insist they were innocent, but were set up by Paul Hayward, to take the wrap along with police.  

“I never met my alleged co-conspirators before,” said John McCleary.
extract from prison letter from John McCleary

The McCleary brothers did work for Hayward. 

They worked for him in other boiler rooms first with Danny Sterk and Robert Casciola in the International Management Group out of Q House in Convent Road, Bangkok, and with boiler rooms set up yogether by Hutcherson and Hayward, known as 'Hutch' and ‘Little Hutch’.    

One of their scam companies called ‘Jackson Cole’ had a ‘serviced office’ in Brussels and it took Britons for millions.

However, the McCleary brothers fell out ‘big time’ with their former bosses, after, they claim, Hayward himself was kidnapped by Thai police and ended up paying the best part of US$1 million.

In the Hutcherson kidnap only US$400,000 had been paid off before other Thai police, alerted by the US Embassy, made the arrests.
The Nation newspaper report. There is no record of any convictions in the U.S. for the McCleary bros.

Prior to the kidnap John McCleary said he had been expecting to be
set up on drugs charges, which is what had happened to another boiler room 'traitor' Stephen Sharpe (left), who was finally discharged in the Philippines after an investigation by the Philippines Commission for Human Rights - but not before he had spent three years in jail on remand.

Sharpe, aka, Burt, had gone to police with a report on Hayward called 'The Painted Picture' detailing the Birmingham wheeler dealer's activities.

Paul Hayward
The McCleary brothers were arrested six days later after registering the births of children in Thailand at the U.S, Embassy. They claim U.S. officials having been tipped off by boiler room operators, then tipped off the Thai authorities.

The McCleary brothers were released in late 2016 and have vowed vengeance. John McCleary claims to have video of Hayward administrating a boiler room, and of course when they left the employ of Hayward they took with them a lot of documents.

Mark Hutcherson, pictured below raising his 'pinky' in better times,  died in a shooting incident later in Plano, Texas. Police said no foul play was suspected.


Tim said...

Did 'HUTCH' shoot himself in that case?

Be interested to know how his and Bullards thai assets were carved up given they were in nominee names...Hayward must be looking over his shoulder, a lot of people(who nominally own his empire) would benefit from his untimely demise

Andrew Drummond said...

Cannot find any explanation for Hutch's death. Yes PH would have a problem but he has transferred a lot of cash out of Thailand according to sources.

john mccleary said...

Paul Hayward is feeling the heat, he has many enemies. We are not the only ones that he has set up! There are many polic and military generals who wants their share of the payoff. There's really no unity among authorities and military in Thailand. Paul Hayward is now taking all of his laundered liquid assets from his sex businesses abroad because he knows that he can't pay everyone off. When we worked for Paul Hayward, the authorities he paid off through me would tell their friends and they would come in groves to get their share of the pie. Paul Hayward realizes now that he can't payoff all the authorities and military in Thailand. Paul Hayward has created a new persona as a legitimate businessman so he can retreat back to Europe and be under the protection of European authorities as an honest legitimate businessman! Paul Hayward knows that anyone who is wealthy can payoff the authorities in Thailand and they have no loyalties to no one but money! If anyone knows Paul Hayward like me, he is a big coward who likes to act like a gangster but cries when he gets picked up! So now he's trying to leave the problems that he has created in Thailand and at the same time save massive amounts of money in bribes he's been paying by moving back to the UK. Plus his enemies are hot on his trail. So now the UK authorities would have to protect this so called honest legitimate businessman! See the big picture now? Andrew I am sorry for the language in the past but how would you feel? If this lowlife put you in a thai prison for almost 10 years!