DSI raids Italian boat builder

Friday, 01 March 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 9 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

The Department of Special Investigations raided six properties owned by Italian boat builder Raoul Bianchetti after numerous complaints from customers about fraud and shoddy workmanship.

DSI Eastern Region Director Prawit Chaibuadaeng led a team of officers to R.B. Power & Sailing Co. in Najomtien Feb. 20. Officers simultaneously raided another five properties in Chonburi, looking for evidence related to charges of tax evasion, tax fraud, theft, extortion, intimidation, nominee-company exploitation, and making threats to clients, suppliers and government officials.

Italian Raoul Bianchetti has a lot of questions to answer about his boat building business.Italian Raoul Bianchetti has a lot of questions to answer about his boat building business.

At the Sattahip District main office, DSI officers interviewed Manager Kanchanok Chummongkol and seized documents related to money transfers. At Bianchetti’s Huay Yai home, officers served the suspect with a warrant and seized documents and computers.

Investigator Lt. Col. Kritchanat Janthakaew said the DSI had received complaints from more than 10 foreigners that Bianchetti had built sub-standard yachts that sunk at mooring, listed from launch and were otherwise unseaworthy. Complaints also surfaced Bianchetti would use parts and materials other than those listed in advertisements and then demand extra money from customers to fit their boats with the advertised gear.

Kritchanat alleged Bianchetti was avoiding taxes and had used a Thai nominee to register the company.

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  • Comment Link Saturday, 02 March 2013 08:37 posted by Bluewater

    Well done DSI! Get rid of such vermin. This infamousPattaya "business"man is well known and he belongs locked up. His numerous victims, as well as all honest and taxpaying marine businesses applaud the DSI and Thai authorities for taking decisive action.
    R.B. has caused immense damage to the reputation of yacht-builders allover Thailand.
    Hopefully many more than the initial 10 mentioned victims will now contact the DSI on North Pattaya Rd. to report.