PATTAYA– Police have arrested an elderly Austrian man in Pattaya who is wanted by German police for allegedly trying to blackmail a German company and demanding 15 million euros.
The Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) detained Peter Alois Anton Neunteufel, 61, who is accused of writing a threatening letter demanding the payoff, equivalent to about 580 million baht, from a well-known food manufacturer in Germany.
He is accused of saying in the letter that he was a Russian officer from a secret organisation. If the company did not comply with his demand would contaminate the company’s products and put them on shelves alongside normal products.
According to German police, he said that In doing so he would also send information to the press to cause damage to the company, according to a report on posttoday.com.
Mr Neunteufel now works as an editor of German-language ThaiFokus magazine in Pattaya.
The TCSD said after questioning him that Mr Neunteufel admitted he is the man named in the German warrant for his arrest, but denied the accusation. He said he was only hired by a Russian organisation to translate documents into German and sent the email.
Investigators claim Mr Neunteufel is linked with a Russian gang involved in multiple threatening and blackmail cases in Europe. He will be extradited to Germany later.