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A ''Private Property'' sign on land near Phuket's Sirinath National Park

Fraudsters Sell Phuket Parkland Plot for 400-500 Million Baht, Says Director

Monday, June 23, 2014
PHUKET: Fraudsters have ripped off an investor who paid 400-500 million baht for a vast tract of land within Phuket's Sirinath National Park, the park's new director said today.

Kittipat Tharapiban said the falsified sale of the property indicated that action by the National Council for Peace and Order is needed quickly to restore parkland already sold or developed as private resorts to the public.

''Some of these cases could take decades to resolve through the courts,'' he said. ''Meanwhile, the private investors continue to make lots of money from misused parkland.''

In the latest case, Khun Kittipat said, the buyer of the Phuket parkland had accepted assurances from the seller that the chanote property title was legitimate because it came with an endorsement from the Forests Department.

''The Forests Department have nothing to do with Sirinath National Park,'' he said. ''We would recommend that anyone who is offered a title to land on the border of the park comes to see us first.''

Khun Kittipat's predecessor, Cheewapad Cheewatam, asked to be transferred out of the Phuket job in May because he said he faced threats and intimidation from people involved in the disputes over resorts allegedly constructed inside the park.

Khun Kittipat said he'd had no threats so far, but it was early yet in his tenure.

He is hoping that the coup command will intervene but if some of the disputes are already before courts, the military may not wish to be seen to interfere with the courts' role.

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The big question is:

How can a 'real land-title' which was issued by the 'real land office' by 'real land office managers' on 'real land office paper' with 'real signature' of the authorized person with a 'real stamp' be fake?

Posted by Mr. K on June 23, 2014 16:21

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Follow the money.

Posted by Mike on June 23, 2014 19:49

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I have a couple of relatives who both work in the land office. Trust me, you could get a title for ownership of the Sarasin bridge if you paid enough.

Posted by Arun Muruga on June 23, 2014 20:07

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I feel sorry for the person who lost there hard earned money, buyer beware when investing in Thailand, if I was the guy who lost the money I would hire a swat team to hunt those people down like dogs and have them and there family's harshly punished, half a billion baht is no laughing matter.

Posted by Andrew Ronayne on June 24, 2014 00:02

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Mike: You'd probably have to go a long way north to a village up-country where the retired land officer lives as Phu Yai Ban in his mansion on 50 rai.

Posted by Smithy on June 24, 2014 04:30


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