BANGKOK – Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal, commander of Tourist Police Division, announced Wednesday that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed that a third foreign suspect detained in last week’s raid on a passport forgery gang, earlier identified as British, is actually an American.
He has been identified by the FBI as US fugitive Herbert Craig La Fon, he was earlier identified as British national Peter Andrew Colter.
According to the Bangkok Post, a federal warrant was issued for Mr La Fon in June 1979 in Baltimore, Maryland in connection with credit card fraud. The case could not proceed after a key witness died.
Pol Maj Gen Surachet said US authorities, however, have no information about the dismembered body found in a freezer during the raid and a CT autopsy could not identify the body.
Police are investigating whether the dismembered body could be that of a 65-year-old foreign man identified as Robert Logan Grandy who, according to Mr La Fon, died of cancer ealier this year.
However, an initial investigation has found that the freezer was bought in 2008 by Mr La Fon, which led to the assumption that the body was put in it about seven to eight years ago.
The tourist police commander insisted the three suspects are members of a passport forgery ring that uses Thailand as its base.
Pol Lt Gen Natthathorn Prousoontorn, commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, said immigration authorities do not have Mr La Fon’s records and it is possible he used a fake passport or entered the country illegally.