The CEO of SkyMed was arrested after he became the focus of a CNN investigation report on counterfeit and substandard medical gloves.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CIB) of Thailand stated on November 2 that Kampee Kampeerayannon, a former Thai Air Force officer and chief executive officer of SkyMed, was arrested by a judge. He faces charges of computer fraud and spreading fake news.
“We encourage victims to report and provide information. These criminals use the high demand for medical supplies to deceive desperate people,” CIB director director Jiraphob Bhuridej said on November 3. “This behavior affects legal medical supplies manufacturers in Thailand.”
The police stated that Kampee denied all allegations. Kampee’s legal representative could not be immediately reached for comment.
According to a lawsuit filed by a US customer, CIB previously stated that it is working closely with the FBI to investigate SkyMed. The customer paid US$6.2 million for 2 million boxes of SkyMed gloves. But since the 40% deposit was transferred in December 2020, the customer has not received a pair of gloves.
“The Thai government is seriously investigating this matter and will ensure that justice is done for all affected parties,” Gilab said after CNN released an investigation report last week.
CNN previously reported that Miami businessman Tarek Kirschen ordered 2 million boxes of gloves from Paddy the Room at the end of last year and received SkyMed brand gloves. Kirschen said these are dirty, blood-stained gloves that can be reused after washing.
Last December, the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the warehouse of Paddy the Room, where migrant workers were packing gloves into SkyMed-branded boxes.
In a recent interview, Thailand’s FDA Deputy Secretary-General Supattra Boonserm stated that substandard gloves from countries such as China and Malaysia were imported into Thailand, repackaged under the SkyMed brand, forged documents, and shipped to a third country.
In last week’s report CNN, Kampee denied that SkyMed was involved in the packaging of low-quality gloves in the Paddy the Room warehouse.
“The warehouse owner just wants to use our brand to export gloves,” he said, noting that any Thai glove products exported under the SkyMed brand “are not authorized by us.”
According to Supattra, records show that SkyMed has never imported gloves into Thailand or manufactured its own gloves.
After giving inconsistent answers CNN Regarding the number of SkyMed glove suppliers in Thailand, Kampee ultimately stated that there are no suppliers. He also claimed that SkyMed had sold 100 million boxes of gloves, but did not specify who the buyer was.
In August, the US FDA required all port staff to keep SkyMed cargo without inspection. The agency said last week that it was “investigating some imported medical gloves that show signs of being reprocessed, cleaned, or recycled as new products,” and urged service providers to report any medical gloves-related issues to the U.S. Department of Health. problem. The US Department of Homeland Security is also investigating.
Hong Han (follow CNN)