Boiler room king Glendon Richard Bullard, from Georgia, who was reported dead earlier this year in Pai, Mae Hong Son Province, still appears to happily operating multiple companies in Thailand together with his brother-in-law Shane Smith and right hand man Dutchman Andre Hoogeveen.
Bullard also former Thai President of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club (He resigned before his death) has variously been reported to have died from a seizure, or drugs overdose caused by a seizure and a death certificate was produced to the United States Embassy.
But strangely his companies appear to be active and there have been no significant changes of directorships although some are dormant.
This site has received several reports that his death was staged but no evidence has been offered.
We have an equal number of calls from associates saying he has indeed gone to meet his maker.
Nevertheless many people still suspect that to be true on the basis that Bullard had recently become too high profile and he had access to several identities. If you want to fake your own death, the corruption factor makes Thailand, Laos and Cambodia locations of choice.
Indeed some close contacts expressed surprise that he had not done it before. There appears to have been no rush to share out the spoils.
Moreover, it is speculated, although his death was reported and a coffin and flowers produced, along with a picture of a body under a blanket, his wake should have been a very well attended event – but there are no reports. Still this is all still only tittle tattle.
|Mugshot of Bullard in the US when he was charged with trespass and theft|
Bullard had operated with Shane Smith, who is married to his sister Christina, (of Christina’s Kitchen) for over 17 years. His relationship with Andre Hoogeveen is also long and a whole series of companies have been set up by all three of them or their wives and girlfriends.
|Paul Hayward – file picture|
Although Briton Paul John Hayward, aka Hilton, from Birmingham, the major British boiler room operator in Thailand, is the boss of the Nana Group which controls the lease of the Nana Entertainment Plaza – a Bangkok red light area catering solely to tourists, it is Shane Smith’s name which is at the top of the list of directors.
The address for this group was provided by Interactive Asia/ Interactice Group, a breakaway faction from Sunbelt (Asia).
Smith is also still connected as a director wih Bullard and Hoogeveen to Strategic Holding Group Co. Ltd,, which had an office in Interchange Tower, on the corner of Sukhumvit and Asoke Roads in Bangkok and it is from here that Bullard conducted interviews and directed his boiler rooms.
As for Bullard’s ‘The Game’ pubs in Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, and also in Chiang Mai, the Chiang Mai one is still owned by Bullard but the Sukhumvit one is registered to Hoogeveen’s wife Mattika, while Butsakorn Bullard (a former wife – maiden name Kaewbuadi –)also features heavily in linked companies. G.E,Spirits Co. Ltd., Christina’s Kitchen, and International Asset Holding Co.Ltd.
Bullard remains boss of Fayette Enterprises in Chiang Mai a company which was set up by ThaiVisa ‘Ask A Bent Lawyer’ Somsak Chopaka, who is the majority shareholder.
|Hutcherson, far left, in Phuket|
If you put Bullard, Smith, and Hoogeven and another American from Georgia, Mark Hutcherson, at the top of a family tree the graph expands like a tangled spider’s web with scores of what appear to be companies held by Thai nominees.
|Bullard and wife of 2 weeks Anne|
At the time of his reported death Bullard was under lot of pressure. Both he and Hoogeveen had been arrested (temporarily) abroad – in Bullard’s case the Philippines where he was carrying some US$500,000 waiting to board a plane to Bangkok, and in Hoogeveen’s case Holland, but he was released without charge. Hoogeveen’s major role had been to move Bullard’s cash.
Bullard’s boiler rooms in Bangkok had also been raided twice, and his apartment in Bangkok too, much to his annoyance as he had taken out insurance against these sort of inconveniences.
He was furious over a 1 million baht payment he had to make to ensure the problem went away.
Late last year his house in Chiang Mai was also raided by the Thai Police Crime Suppression Division at the instigation it is believed of the DEA. Nothing was found.
|Bullard, far right in the Philippines. . Hoogeveen fourth from left|
The US authorities strongly believe that Bullard was tipped off.
|Thai Visa’s Somsak Chokapa|
That unit of the CSD was cleared of 80 per cent of its members as was most of the CIB after the army purge last year.
The purge happened during the rift between the Thai Crown Prince and his wife when suddenly it was discovered that this particular force at the centre core of the Royal Thai Police, which contained many of his now ex-wife’s relatives , was operating as a massive ‘Crime Inc’.
When last contacted US Embassy officials say that although they have seen a death certificate, they have no other evidence of his death or how he died.