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According to a report in the Daily Record a Scots doctor paid blackmailers £10,000 after being targeted in a sex extortion scam.
The report says that Police burst into the man’s hotel room in the resort of Pattaya where he was with a prostitute. He was told he was being arrested as the girl was under 18 – the Thai age of consent. He was then told he could pay a fine of £10,000 for the charges to be dropped.
The police have confirmed that a serving officer has been transferred after the extortion racket was discovered.
A source said: “The Scot got speaking to the wrong guy in a bar who set him up in a honey trap. “The doctor was targeted. The girl he was given was in her early 20s but looks much younger.“The men who arrested the doctor are thought to be a serving policeman and ex-policemen who had been sacked before this incident.“This isn’t the first time people have been targeted by this gang. Unsurprisingly, it is rarely reported to police.”
It is understood a relative of the doctor transferred the money to a bank account before his fine was paid. The doctor is currently suspended from working by the General Medical Council for an unrelated reason. He previously worked for a Scottish NHS board.
A Thai police spokesman said: “This particular matter has not been formally reported to us but an American and a Thai national have been arrested in Pattaya and charged with extortion in a related matter. “A policeman has also been transferred.”
The doctor was unavailable for comment.