ORGANISED CRIME AND WHY ANDREW DRUMMOND LEFT THAILAND

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‘THAILAND IS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR JOURNALISTS WHEN ORGANISED CRIME IS BACKED BY THE PEOPLE RUNNING THE COUNTRY’.

This is Paul John Hayward. He was in his early twenties when he hit Bangkok.  Now he is now in his late 30s and a millionaire many times over.


But, he says, he has no money in the bank and no credit or charge cards, and he believes he is untouchable.

Hayward, from Birmingham, England, believes he is living proof that in Thailand crime does pay and he mocks the long arm of the law. So far he has been proved right.

He drives flash cars and owns property in Bangkok, Hua Hin, and Phuket a yacht. He wears Armani shirts and has had a personal trainer called Delux.

He has invested many of his millions in the Thai sex industry. But anybody searching will not find his name on many documents.

He has spread his cash across three continents.

But you can find him at his kingdom – Nana Plaza – or at Bangkok’s ‘Q’ Bar of one of the many nightclubs, go-go bars and brothels which have sprouted from his Hospitality Venture Group – Eclipse Group of companies. Sometimes he just cannot help being ‘hands on’.

His cash comes from fraud on an international scale, massive fraud. boiler room fraud, Wolf of Wall Street Fraud, call it what you will.

Stephen Birt/Sharpe

Simply put, it’s the business of cheating people out of their life savings.

Hayward is charming, brutal and dangerous.

He dates Thai models from an agency, the boss of whom is an ‘advisor’ to the Royal Thai Police. .  Hayward is the premier British ‘Wolf of Bangkok’.

He began his boiler room career with scammers like the International Asset Management Group. As a loader he was the ‘voice of perfect reason’ and took people down for millions selling them worthless shares in barely existent or non-existent companies.

Now he has the power – as usual backed by high cash payments – to have police in South East Asia have people who cross him set up and arrested for such things drugs and rape.

One such case was that of Stephen Sharpe (aka Burt/Birt) who quit the Bangkok boiler room scene and wrote a document about Hayward called ‘A Painted Picture’.

McCleary brothers – made to look bad by Thai police
the real kidnappers

Just like the American McCleary brothers, James and John, who got 18 years for the alleged kidnapping of  Mark Hutcherson, a boiler room king from Georgia, Canadian Stephen Sharpe also tried to ‘whistle-blow’ but was betrayed in the process.

He had to flee the country but stupidly chose the Philippines where he had been offered a job by a company called Sparta Matrix. Manila is Asian’s second ‘boiler room central’.

Sparta Matrix was just another boiler room and soon  Sharpe found himself arrested for drugs and the rape of a 17-year-old girl.

The frame up on those charges was so obvious that that even the Philippines Human Rights Commission has called for the arrest and jailing of the police officers.

But the Philippines is equally if not more corrupt than Thailand and nobody is holding their breath.

(*Update: Sharpe was released after the Human Rights Commissin enquiry. All charges were dropped)

Confronting Jalit Sanithchon

Hayward is not worried about the Thai police or Army. He boasts he has them in his payroll.  Last year a victims group of people, who had between them lost over US$20 million, said they sent an intermediary to a Thai Army General who was protecting Hayward to mediate with him.

They reported back that the General was entrenched. It was business. They would need to make a better offer if they wanted to deal. They could not meet his price.

In fact Hayward – and other bosses of what are known as ‘boiler rooms’ have also been protected by several elements of the Royal Thai Police.  And since 2001 when the Brinton Group was raided no boiler room boss has spent more than a few hours in custody.

Possibly the most visible evidence of that is the Nana Entertainment Plaza in Bangkok where off duty police from Lumpini Police station in Bangkok provide security. Nana Plaza is of course one of Bangkok’s two premier spots for Thailand’s sex tourists. Technically of course it’s all illegal in Thailand. But its tourist dollars.

Front page of cover story for the London
Times 2 by Andrew Drummond

Hayward’s Nana Plaza company owns the master lease and sub-lets the go-go bars, and ‘short time rooms’.

You won’t see Hayward’s name on the company, just nominees. 

In fact while you may see a relative or friend you will not find Hayward’s name of any company which he ‘owns’.

The actual land is owned by FICO an Indian Thai conglomerate with whom Hayward initially did a deal through his ‘Eclipse Management’ company.  I will go into detail on this in other stories.

At this stage I perhaps need to say that in reports of my departure from Thailand earlier this year in the Bangkok Post, Sydney Morning Herald and Guardian there was reference to threats against me and my family.

These threats almost certainly came from Paul John Hayward. They were delivered by John Kealy former boss of the Brinton Group.

Readers of this site will know that I have provided fairly comprehensive coverage of the boiler rooms in Bangkok.

This causes them heartache, and hard cash, particularly when we reveal which particular scam they are running at the time.

Suckers bar in Nana Plaza

We have also caused them to close down their VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) communications system (now re-opened under another company) but I have always baulked at naming either Paul Hayward or his American colleagues and counterparts Mark Hutcherson and Glendon R Bullard.

In the middle of last year they started making overtures to buy out this site.

‘Just name your price. Why create hassle for yourself when you can walk away with a large sum in your hand,” was the way it was put to me by John Kealy in phone calls. “You know these people can do anything.”

He added rather ominously: “Look Andrew. This is your get out of jail free card. Previously it was just hospital.”

Kealy

John Kealy, former boss of the Brinton Group, who now runs the Dubliner Bar in Bangkok, had always been Hayward’s go between and also a messenger of bad news from other BR operators in Thailand.

I have of course spoken to Hayward a year or so earlier, when he boasted that to all intents and purposes he did not exist and told me of his plans to ‘ upgrade’  Thailand’s tourism sex industry.

The calls late last year were the most ominous I had received from Bangkok’s boiler room bosses. Kealy was talking about ‘really angry people’ and using such phrases as ‘Andrew. You’re a nice guy . I’m just trying to protect you.’

Then, following the ‘get out of jail free card’ threat, I started receiving messages from the Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division 1. This is the group which had been raiding boiler rooms and never actually catching any bosses.

Philip Bean

The messages asked me to come in and see them. They were interested in tackling the boiler room issue. They had spoken to the US authorities, who were on-board they said. They were enthusiastic.

I had no intention of going to see this unit or anybody at the CSD for that matter.

The CSD had been giving me the run around for years. There was no reason to trust them – especially after the ‘Mr.Bean’s Holiday’ incident, reported here and here. Philip Bean, a Texan received threats from the CSD after whistle-blowing on boiler rooms and at the airport was told never to come back to Thailand.

But I did check with the US authorities in question.

In no way were they on-board. ‘Keep away’, they advised.

From Bangkok Post

The officer who wanted to see me was Police Colonel Akkharawut Limrat who died of a broken spine after allegedly ‘falling from a high place’ during the Royal Central Investigation Bureau – Crime Suppression Division corruption scandal which broke in Bangkok in November.

In a massive anti-corruption probe the core centre of the Thai police were being charged with extortion and bribery on a massive scale.

The head of the Central Investigation Bureau General Pongpat Chayapan and scores of officers were being publicly paraded and humiliated for massive corruption, involving oil deals, logging, animal trading, illegal logging, cash for positions.

So wealthy had they become that they had to buy houses to store their riches, it was claimed.

By the end of December the CSD had already been gutted of 80 per cent of its officers.

Unfortunately this did not make my position any safer. This investigation was not initiated by the army but by the Royal Palace. And the main protection for the boiler rooms has always been the army.

It has also become clear from new within the ‘industry’ that under military control Thailand’s infamous boiler rooms are raising the game again.

Departure from Thailand

On the third week in December, I received a phone call. The call merely advised me to move with my family as our position and welfare were not safe.  I do not usually take threats seriously. But I knew the call was genuine as the caller was one of a few I trusted whose information had always been good.

Had I been alone I might have considered staying. But I am a single father with three children aged, 2, 5, and 7.  Thailand is not a safe place for a journalist when the criminals are in league with those calling the shots.

Within 24 hours I left my home in Bangkok with my children. There was little time to say goodbye to my friends. We crossed the Cambodian border in January. We took only what we could carry.

Currently we are now all safe in the United Kingdom in Royal Berkshire.

My children no longer have the wonderful Karen Burmese nanny who has raised all my children including my youngest son since he was just a few months old.  But they are adapting well.

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