From its grubby beginnings in a small office off Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road to its sale last year for a reported US$2million* this week we investigate what its new owners describe as Thailand’s biggest media site for foreigners.
Life’s good in Hua Hin says George who took immigration police for a ride – but at what cost?
This story is centred around allegations of blackmail, fraud, fear loathing and corruption as the highly successful ThaiVisa.com revamps itself from its new base in Pattaya – But with a British ‘estuary man’ as nominal head, the Thaivisa family appears to be tearing itself apart.
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So what happened? Well it appears only one man was rewarded, Swede Eric George Anderssen, a man who has completely erased his former life as Lars Jansson a man who made a complete mockery of Thailand’s Immigration department, when after being deported and blacklisted, he returned under another name to offer immigration advice to foreigners.
And in his very own words this is a story of blackmail corruption, bonking, and blocking. It’s of Moderators and Administrators arrested for murder and child sexual abuse – but most of all it’s a story of greed.
Currently two Administrators, German, Matthias Schoenfeld (Webfact) and Briton Jonathan Fairfield (Jonathan Fairfield) who has little to his name apart from being a Stockport County FC supporter furiously work from their apartments in Bangkok and Hua Hin trawling the internet to copy and paste news stories to put on the site, to drive up the readers’ comments, to drive up the stats.
Fairfield was employed on ThaiVisaProperty – an ill ventured attempt into Thailand’s property market. Mods describe hims as their new dictator.
Neither have work permits to do this, nor have the ‘new writers’ and the site now struggles to produce its own news,
And who are the new media moguls? They are on the face of it from Pattaya’s property sales community and former Copenhagen gangster Niels Colov’s Pattaya People media group.
But that looks cosmetic.
Is this all going to end in smarmy and sycophantic promos? Where to next? Keep watching here and read about the site ‘ for foreigners who should not be in Thailand’.
*Figures of 26 million to 70 million baht have been bandied around. In this business NONE are reliable.
Above right and below the new owner of Thaivisa.com Dan Cheeseman from the Medway in the UK (MD of the Choice Group and Inspire) – but is he really the man pulling the strings?
Hardly anybody reads Inspire Magazine nor watches Inspire Pattaya TV.