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Gotcha - a Phuket hotel camera shows the ''stolen'' items in a bag

South African Tourist Held After Phuket Hotel's Camera Footage Spoils Insurance Scam

Sunday, June 7, 2015
PHUKET: Security camera footage at a resort helped to detect a Phuket tourist who was trying to commit an insurance scam, police have revealed.

Tourist Police worked with officers from Phuket City Police Station to bring in South African Laurie Viljoen Botha, 33, yesterday afternoon.

Mr Botha was accused of filing a false police report at the Phuket City station earlier in the day.

After being given the chance to view security camera footage from the Sino Imperial Hotel in Phuket Road, Mr Botha confessed and signed a three-page statement admitting his guilt.

He may face a jail term before being deported, investigators said.

''This is a warning to other tourists not to try insurance fraud,'' added one officer. ''Most perpetrators don't get away with it.''


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Well caught.It is hard enough to get insurances to pay out at best of times for genuine reasons without scammers creating more suspicion.

Posted by Logic on June 7, 2015 11:16


Pity that I have very big connections in the SA insurance industries. This man has a life sentance, insuring that he nor his family will never again be awarded insurance of any kind. He is now lower class than a garden boy.

Posted by Robin on June 7, 2015 12:48


@Robin, in SA do you assess 'class' based upon someone's job? Is a garden boy a 'boy' because he's young or because he's black? Why is a gardener considered 'low' class? Just curious about the 'new' South Africa.

Posted by LarryP on June 7, 2015 14:36


"He is now lower class than a garden boy."

@ Robin,
What's it like being utterly without Sin - so you can cast stones?


The Little Glass House

Posted by farang888 on June 8, 2015 03:18


people don't need insurance. . insurance is a scam in itself. its quite funny if you really think about it.

Posted by leonel on June 8, 2015 07:00

Friday December 8, 2023
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa


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