The owners of Thonglor Clinic in Jomtien, near Pattaya, have been indicted for fraud in Pattaya Provincial Criminal Court.
Following case number 9336/2556 being accepted for trial after a preliminary hearing, the Court found there was a prima facie case to answer and Canadian expat Michael Goulet was formally indicted this week, and has paid bail of THB 300,000 (USD10,000).
Goulet, the co-owner of the Thonglor Clinic, which advertises under the 'Forever Young' banner, has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges,
It is alleged in Court documents that Goulet, a veterinary surgeon, presented himself as a qualified medical doctor.
The Plaintiff in the case, David Hanks, alleges that treatment recommended by Goulet has caused permanent damage that is expected to require corrective surgery.
The Court ordered that separate charges in relation to allegations of the use of non Thai FDA approved treatments be referred to the Thai FDA and Consumer Protection committee in Bangkok.
Thonglor Clinic is an advertiser and supporter of convicted criminal Andrew Drummond, who was jailed for four months (suspended for one year) for defaming Hanks. Drummond faces at least five more criminal trials next year.
Hanks has filed a further case against Goulet and Drummond in relation to an article on Drummond's blog.