Here is a press release we are publishing in it’s entirety issued originally in Thai Language by the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) Eastern Branch in relation to developments in the case against Mr. Raoul Bianchetti:
On 25 July, Mr. Raoul Bianchetti, Italian Citizen, aged 47, was summoned to appear at the DSI, Region 2 (Pattaya), where he was formally indicted on allegations of operating a business, as an alien, (construction of yachts) which is a profession reserved for Thai nationals as specified in the 3rd category list (21) without permission contrary to the law under the Foreign Business Act in 1999, Section 37.
The said accused has entered into agreements for the construction of yachts with a value of Baht 10 million and more to some foreigners in the local area of Pattaya City, totaling more than 50 clients. Virtually all customers experienced problems, were unable to get their boats as agreed with regards to their requirements, as per agreement – and needed to pay extra money. The materials used were not in accordance with their agreements.
The DSI, Region 2, is of the opinion, after exhaustive investigations, that the conduct by Mr. Raoul Bianchetti, as mentioned, was likely to defraud the public and that this has caused a bad reputation to the Thai yacht building industry.
The evidence obtained is presently being compiled in the ongoing investigation against Mr. Raoul Bianchetti who started up 2 companies but apparently with Thai individuals holding shares as ‘nominees’ which is contrary to the law under the Foreign Business Act in 1999. The value of income gained from the customers was not deposited into the company accounts, thereby by-passing the Thai Revenue Department and in violation of the Custom’s Law of 1926. These companies have been operating in the Pattaya-City area for some 15 years.
Here is the original story we published in February 2013:
On Wednesday Morning a large number of DSI Agents, led by the Bangkok DSI Organized-Crime-&-Mafia Taskforce, descended, simultaneously, on some 6 locations in Chonburi Province – and raided numerous properties reportedly belonging to an Italian national Mr. Raoul Bianchetti.
Acting on search warrants issued by the Pattaya Provincial Court, Computers, digital storage devices and many boxes with Company documents were seen to be confiscated and taken away by the DSI agents.
Mr. Bianchetti is suspected of a number of serious crimes such as Tax-Evasion, Tax-Fraud, Theft-from-Clients, Extortion, Intimidation, Nominee-Company exploitation, and making threatening statements to clients, suppliers & Government Officials.
The DSI (Department of Special Investigations), Thailand’s equivalent to the FBI, state that in addition, it appears that Mr. Bianchetti had also defrauded more than 40 of his, unsuspecting, boat-building clients for more than 350 Million Baht since 2008.
As a result of numerous complaints, the DSI started to look into the affairs of the companies owned by Mr. Bianchetti and the raids were the culmination of this extensive investigation.
The companies being looked into by the DSI which are under the alleged control of Mr. Bianchetti are: Raoul’s Sailing Center Co., Ltd., RB Power & Sailing Co., Ltd., Clapham Family Co., Ltd., PEET Co., Ltd., Lilliput Resort Co., Ltd., and Cybele Co., Ltd.