Bangkok based businessman Paul Hayward, aka Hong Kong Paul and Paul Hilton has made a remarkable admission through lawyers that he employed two Americans who were jailed in Bangkok for kidnap and extortion.

The admission came in a statement from a small Ipswich law firm – Gotelee – which is demanding removal of all stories relating to Hayward on this site insisting that Hayward from Birmingham is no more than a straight businessman running restaurants and night clubs and leasing property in Bangkok.

Hayward and Doherty in UK

Hayward’s demands have been rejected.

Meanwhile a controversy is building up at a football club in southern England which Hayward and his sidekick Irishman Mickey Doherty have been funding for the last few years.

In the legal letter to this correspondent, lawyers for Hayward write that Hayward admitted employing John and James McCleary who together with three Thai police officers were jailed for the kidnap and extortion of Mark Hutcherson – who was described as an American oil man living in Bangkok. But they only had minor jobs with his business, insisted Hayward.

While Hutcherson may indeed have had a ‘paper’ oil company and sold oil stocks, he in fact was a major boiler room player and was not only  partners with Hayward in a scam run under a virtual office called Jackson Cole which cheated Britons out of millions – but also in another boiler room virtual office ‘Premium Placements.’

 Europe, Australia, New Zealand were all under attack from their scammers many young Brits who had answered adon Craigslist and in the sun for tele-sales people in Bangkok.

The McLearys say Hayward’s business was not restaurants and nightclubs but call-centre share scamming with lots of Bangkok Britons scamming other Brits at home into buying millions of pounds worth of phony shares,

Hutcherson inb Phuket – Is he working an imaginery phone?

Hayward together with Americans Fletcher Prather, Richard Paul Bell, and Glen Bullard constituted what was known as the ‘Bangkok Five’ in the boiler room scamming industry –  highlighted in the Hollywood films ‘Boiler Room’  – starring Ben Affleck, and ;’Wolf of Wall Street’ starring Leonardo di Caprio.

It is unclear why Hayward admitted knowing the McClearys.

But after they were jailed from prison in Bangkok, through a monk
at a Buddhist monastery,the McCleary’s arranged the smuggling of large folders of documents relating to the Jackson Cole scam – selling shares in SecureTee – to the author.

The Nation
Report given by police to the ‘Nation/ in Bangkok. The McClearys were not a member of
as US ‘ransom gang’ nor did they have a criminal record in the US. This is common face
saving in Asia.

Mclearys under arrest

Hayward’s signature is all over those documents which were passed to British law enforcement authorities.

The documents included the names, telephone numbers and addresses of British victims and how much each was taken for.

The McClearys are half American and half Thai. They insist that they are innocent. They initially went to Thai police with the information on the boiler rooms having fallen out with Hayward and Hurcherson,

They claim that it was the Thai police who kidnapped Hutcherson. Both were overweight. They say they could not have carried out a kidnap. And the first time they met the police kidnappers was actually in jail.

The story, unconfirmed, within the boiler room community is that at the same time Hayward was also kidnapped, but he was able to deal with the matter quickly financially.

Edited – one of the British victims on a load card of the Jackson Cole logs which the McClearys gave to the author. The
victim lost US$33,300. These files were past to SOCA – now the NCA

But Hutcherson was able to make a call to his wife, who in turned called the US Embassy – who called in another unit of the Thai police to make the arrests.

The McClearys were actually arrested outside the U.S. Embassy in Wireless Road, Bangkok where they had been to pick up passports for their children.

The bent cops (Khao Sod)

They had both taken Thai wives and started new jobs as English teachers in Bangkok.  Their role with Hayward they said was to liaise with the Thai Police – as they both spoke fluent Thai.

The McClearys were jailed for 18 years. The bent Thai policemen got 12 years but the most senior Thai policeman involved – a Lieutenant Colonel walked with the ransom cash – some US$400,000 – which had been paid and somehow police were unable to retrieve.