CEO of medical glove company arrested in Thailand after CNN investigation

Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) informed CNN Tuesday that Kampee Kampeerayannon, CEO of an organization referred to as SkyMed and a former senior Thai air power officer, had been detained after a decide issued a warrant. According to Thai police, he faces prices of public fraud and distributing false data by laptop.

Police say Kampee has denied all prices towards him. CNN is searching for remark from Kampee’s authorized illustration.

At a information convention on Wednesday, the CIB stated the CEO of Skymed’s dad or mum firm, Sufficiency Economy City Co. Ltd, had been arrested in Bangkok on Tuesday, with out naming Kampee.

“We are encouraging any damaged parties to come forward and give us information. There are criminals who are exploiting the situation of extremely high demand in medical supplies and trying to cheat people while they are desperate,” CIB chief Jirabhob Bhuridej stated on the information convention. “This is damaging to legitimate medical supply producers based in Thailand.”

The CIB had beforehand informed CNN it’s working carefully with the FBI on the SkyMed investigation in response to a grievance from an American buyer.

Nitrile gloves shipped to the US by Thai company Paddy the Room Trading Company. These examples, seen by CNN, show clear signs of previous use -- handwriting in pen and other soiling.

The CIB now says that US buyer had paid $6.2 million for two million bins of SkyMed gloves. But because the cash was wired to the corporate in December 2020 as a 40% down fee, not a single pair of gloves has ever been delivered to the American shopper.

“The Thai government is taking this issue seriously and we are making sure to bring justice to damaged parties,” Jirabhob stated final week after a prolonged CNN investigation was revealed.

Shortly after CNN’s first report aired final week, a Thai prosecutor introduced prices towards one other Thai firm alleging it exported tens of millions of substandard, dirty and reused medical gloves to US distributors as demand for the product worldwide surged through the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement got here days after a CNN investigation uncovered the follow.

CNN beforehand reported that Tarek Kirschen, a Miami-based businessman, had ordered about $2 million of gloves from an organization referred to as Paddy the Room late final 12 months. The gloves that arrived have been branded SkyMed. Kirschen informed CNN the supposedly medical grade gloves have been soiled, bloodstained, and had been washed and reused.

A raid on a warehouse used by Paddy the Room Trading Company in Bangkok, Thailand in December 2020. Deputy secretary-general of the Thai FDA Supattra Boonserm and members of the Royal Thai Police seized counterfeit nitrile gloves. The Thai FDA says SkyMed, the brand whose logo is on the boxes of gloves, is "for sure fake."

In December final 12 months the Thai Food and Drug Administration raided a Paddy the Room warehouse the place migrant staff have been packing free gloves into bins branded SkyMed.

“Any sub-standard gloves, could be from China, Vietnam or Malaysia. They would bring these gloves in bulk, and they would not declare them as medical gloves. Then these gloves would be repacked as SkyMed and all documents would be doctored and sent to the third country,” Thai FDA deputy secretary-general Supattra Boonserm informed CNN in a current interview.

Last week, in a prolonged on-camera interview with CNN, Kampee denied his firm was a part of any repackaging operation occurring within the warehouse when it was raided.

“The owner of the warehouse, they just wanted to repack our brand and export it,” he stated.

Kampee stated if any gloves are exported from Thailand below the SkyMed model, it’s “not under our permission,” he informed CNN.

CNN Investigation: Tens of millions of filthy, used medical gloves imported into the US

Supattra, from the Thai FDA, informed CNN that SkyMed had an import license to usher in medical gloves made in Vietnam, however information present SkyMed by no means imported medical gloves to Thailand, nor does the corporate manufacture its personal gloves.

After giving CNN contradictory solutions concerning the variety of glove suppliers it has in Thailand, Kampee in the end stated there have been none.

Kampee additionally claimed SkyMed has crammed orders for 100 million bins of gloves however wouldn’t say who had bought them.

In August the US FDA despatched an alert to all its port employees that shipments from Sufficiency Economy City Co. Ltd. must be topic to detention with out bodily examination.

On Friday the FDA stated it was “investigating certain imported medical gloves that appear to have been reprocessed, cleaned or recycled and sold as new,” and referred to as on American healthcare suppliers to report any issues with medical gloves.

The US Department of Homeland Security can also be investigating.

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