Accused Danish Police Impostor Changes Name, Returns to Pattaya, Gets Arrested

After entering the kingdom earlier this year as Leon Christiansen, a man police now say is actually Jesper Hansen was arrested Tuesday by immigration police in Pattaya.

PATTAYA — A Danish man who fled the country after allegedly posing as a police officer to help a pedophile was arrested in Pattaya yesterday.

Jesper Kongerskov Hansen, 53, was arrested on outstanding charges of extortion and bribery at a local immigration office when he showed up under a new name and tried to renew his visa

In 2012, he was a translator for police there and had tagged along with police to arrest another Danish national accused of molesting a boy under 15. Police said Hansen told the other Dane that he was a cop and could make the charges disappear for 800,000 baht.

After receiving the money, Hansen reportedly tried to bribe an officer into dropping the case, but the cop refused and instead charged Hansen with bribery, at which point he fled to Denmark.

Hansen has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

According to police Col. Prapansak Prasarnsuk, chief of Chonburi’s immigration office, Hansen had changed his name to Leon Christiansen and returned to Thailand earlier this year.