British Man Says He Was Scammed for Ownership of Koh Samui Condo

Samui –

A 70-year-old British man has filed a report to the Thai Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) after he bought a 15 million baht luxury condominium on Koh Samui many years ago but still has not received legal documents confirming his ownership.

Mr. David Edward Chappelle, 70, British national, and Mr. Pattakorn Teepbunrat, a representative of the Thailand Consumers Council, filed a joint report to the CIB on Thursday (June 1st).

Mr. Pattarakorn said, “Mr. David first filed a complaint to the Thailand Consumers Council seven years ago in 2016. He said he bought a luxury condominium from a real estate company for 15 million baht. After that, every year he visited and stayed at the condominium three times a year. He has tried to ask for a legal possession documents from the company to show his ownership but he has always failed.”

“In April of this year, 2023, he found out that the company did not do any registration for legal possession of the condominium for him. As a result, Mr. David does not legally own the condo he paid fifteen million baht for. We found that there are many victims making complaints about this company with similar cases, most are foreigners like Mr. David, which has cost more than 100 million baht of damages.” Mr. Pattarakorn stated.

The CIB accepted the report and stated they would review the case. The name of the real estate company in question was withheld due to pending legal action and Thai libel laws.


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