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American resort owner arrested on Koh Samui

American resort owner arrested on Koh Samui

Police have arrested the American operator of a luxury resort business on Koh Samui on a warrant issued by Pathumwan court for alleged fraud.

John Albert Loar Barksdale, 38, was detained at house 55/19 in Moo 3 village of tambon Bo Phut on Tuesday, Surat Thani police chief Pol Col Suparerk Pankosol said.

Police were acting on an arrest warrant the Pathumwan District Court issued on July 8.

Mr Barksdale admitted he was the man named in the warrant, but declined to answer other questions by local police interrogators on Koh Samui, he said.

Pol Col Suparerk said the American was a suspect in an overseas fraud, with alleged damage equivalent to 10 million baht.

He currently operated a luxury resort house business on a mountainside at Soi Rong Rian Panya Dee on Koh Samui.

The suspect was being taken to Lumpini police station in Bangkok for legal action



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