Dutchman arrested for selling fake Thailand hospital bills

Police guard in a detention center
Police guard in a detention center. (Photo: Politie)

The police arrested a 68-year-old man in Noord-Brabant on suspicion of selling fake hospital bills in Thailand, the Dutch Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday. The Prosecutor believes that the fraud committed with these fake invoices amounts to nearly 130 thousand euros, ANP reports.

The suspect sold fake hospital bills to Dutch tourists visiting Thailand. The bills shows charges for admittance to a hospital in Bangkok. When returning to the Netherlands, the Dutch tourists then submitted the bills to their health insurers for compensation. 

The Prosecutor believes that dozens of Dutch submitted these fake invoices over the past years. At this stage 11 Dutch are being prosecuted for this, but the Public Prosecutor believes that more will follow.

Five different Dutch health insurers sounded the alarm about possible fraud with hospital bills from Thailand. The Public Prosecutor, Healthcare Fraud detection and Social Affairs Inspectorate launched a joint investigation. 

The main suspect, the 68-year-old man, was arrested while visiting the Netherlands. He lives in Thailand. Two homes were raided.