Thailand launches crackdown on huge international fraud
In a deal worth US$2.7 million, the firm allegedly exported some ten million pairs of used rubber medical gloves from Thailand to the United States. The gloves were found to be pre-used and repackaged, according to a report by CNN. Some were said to be dirty and even bloodstained. Their original source has not been disclosed.
But Paddy the Room is just one of hundreds, even thousands, of other outstanding cases of fraud in SE Asia. Some involve middlemen and agents pocketing hefty deposits from overseas entrepreneurs hoping to cash in on the huge worldwide demand for medical gloves for protection against Covid, while others focus on unauthorised production and repackaging of medical gloves and unlawful usage of trademarks, including SkyMed and Sri Trang.
Chasing the scammers is an expensive and time-consuming business, says a British businessman who is now suing a Thai company for the return of his deposit – or delivery of the gloves.
“Because we are not based in Thailand, we have to work through a local lawyer. The expenses mount and we aren’t really in control of what’s happening,” says the man. “It’s very frustrating.”
A warrant for the arrest of the alleged fraudster in this case has been issued and some of his assets in Thailand and overseas have been seized. Using a third country to avoid jurisdiction is a common ploy.