British financial trader is forced to make humiliating public apology after he lied that he’d been robbed of his laptop while on holiday in Thailand… when he’d actually lost it in England
Adesanya Olamide Omolaja, 35, contacted police saying he’d been held at knifepoint by three men who demanded he hand over his backpack in Koh Samui, Thailand, on June 11.
He told officers the robbers made off on motorbikes with his Apple MacBook and wanted a police report to make a travel insurance claim.
But after investigating police found that he’d actually lost the laptop in the UK.
Officers checked CCTV from his Thai hotel and discovered that Mr Omolaja left his room without a rucksack.
The financial trader was also accompanied by a young woman – despite telling police he’d been alone taking photographs of a house when he was robbed.
Varong Thapana, Chief of Tourist Police in Koh Samui, arrested Mr Omolaja on June 14 and the holidaymaker admitted he had lost his laptop back in England.
Officers ordered him to make a grovelling apology while warning others not to make bogus travel insurance claims.
In the video, the financial trader said: ‘As you have seen from the video that was what happened to me the other day.
‘I guess the lesson here is that when you come over to Thailand, just be straight up with the police. Don’t lie. I took bad advice and see where it landed me.’
The Brit claimed that the woman he had been with talked him into making a fake claim in order to get a police report to make a claim in England.
He added: ‘Again, I’m sorry to Thai people for my misconduct. And if you come to Thailand try not to get yourself into this kind of problem, as I did.
‘Don’t lie, just be honest with the police, because they will check, and you might get into a lot of trouble.’
Mr Thapana said such frauds also damaged the image of tourist resorts and that offenders would be blacklisted.
He added: ‘These kind of false claims are not only harming other people but also the safety in Thailand safety and the tourism.
‘This will not be tolerated and will continue to proceed to co-operate with immigration to cancel this tourist’s stay and his permit to entry the country in the future.’
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