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Swedish businessman sues Future Forward MP over BMW fraud

Nov 14. 2019
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By The Nation

Swedish businessman Casper Bartholdi, 34, on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division against Jaruk Srion, a Future Forward party MP, Jaruk’s brother and Thai Thanayontakarn Co for fraud.

The victim said he saw Jaruk’s post offering a second-hand BMW series 7 2011 edition for sale with 60,000 miles on the clock on a website. He was interested in the car and asked his Thai wife to contact the seller. They all agreed to meet at a used car shop in the Kanchanaphisek area. After seeing the car and agreeing on a price of Bt1.45 million, the victim drove the car home only to have it break down on the motorway. He was forced to call for the vehicle to be towed to a garage and claims he has since had the car fixed 3 times at a cost of Bt300,00. He took the vehicle to an official BMW dealer in Chonburi, where he discovered the vehicle had 400,000 miles on the clock, not the stated 60,000. He contacted Jaruk and asked for Bt1 million compensation but Jaruk only wanted to give him Bt300,000.

“We said no to the offer and went to the police but Jaruk said that we could not touch him since he was an MP. Then we took the matter to Crime Suppression Division to seek justice,” Bartholdi’s sister-in-law told reporters.

An officer received the complaint and documented it for further investigation.

The same evening, Jaruk made a statement saying that he wasn’t involved in the deal. He claimed that he was just a coordinator since he was a close friend of the owner of the second-hand car business.. “He should sue the owner, not me” Jaruk said. He also claimed that he never witnessed nor was involved in the transfer of money and now intends to file a complaint against the Swede.

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