Ban Kruat, Buriram.Frenchman who allegedly locked Thai workers in cage accused of donations scam

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    Frenchman who allegedly locked Thai workers in cage accused of donations scam


    Picture: Daily News

    It has been claimed that the Frenchman at the center of a row aboutlocking his Thai workers in a dog cage is not only a bogus vet but has accepted up to 50 million baht in donations.

    He is being charged with animal abuse after videos posted on social media showed him euthanizing 22 dogs he claimed had rabies.

    Meanwhile claims on the Facebook page of Michael and his wife Tanyanan suggest the couple have been involved in a scam.

    Neither of the couple have responded to Thaivisa requests for comment.

    The case hit the Thai media when 15 workers at "The Sound of Animals" sanctuary in Ban Kruat, Buriram in Thailand's north east complained they were being locked up with 200 dogs and being denied food and water.

    Tanyanan was seen explaining the couple's side of matters on Thai TV and the Frenchman was seen arguing with his workers. His wife said that he could be a hothead at times. The workers complained of a lack of respect.

    However, these claims that are not the subject of prosecution could be just the tip of the iceberg regarding investigations into their activities.

    A vet who is part of a group that cares for strays in Chonburi and has looked into the case filed a report with the Ban Kruat police about the couple's activities on October 25th, reported Daily News.

    Wanchai Chaipleum claimed that Mr Michael was acting as a vet without a licence. He claimed that he had injected 22 dogs who he said had had rabies. He was not allowed to do this.

    The Frenchman is facing charges of being a bogus vet and animal abuse. These are set to be presented to the public prosecutor early next year.

    But Wanchai went further. He said that Mr Michael's bank account had received donations amounting to 8 million baht from September 2018 to August of this year alone.

    He had also sought donations for three years prior purchasing 6 rai of land and constructing many buildings on the property. Wanchai claimed that the total of donations received could be as much as 50 million baht.

    Online a group called "Animal Welfare Whistleblowers" were mentioned in posts on Mr Michaels's Facebook page where one person said people should not donate and called it a "great scam".

    The couple are also being investigated by Buriram officials regarding their charitable foundation status and whether they are properly registered.

    Source:Daily News
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