The story alleged that while the foreigners were crossing into Malaysia and back again to get fresh visas, the driver disappeared, taking with him all the fares received from the foreigners. It added that he was later arrested by Malaysian police.
However, the owner of KBV, Nana Adithepwarangkul, told The Phuket News “Our driver had to leave [suddenly] after hearing there was a sickness in the family.
“He took with him the B37,000, which was the company’s money. He didn’t steal money from anyone. He has already come back and talked with us. This is a personal matter.
“He was not arrested by the Malaysian Police. The customers had to wait because we had to send another minibus to pick them up. That minibus had to come from Haad Yai.”
She denied making some of the comments attributed to her in the news story. “They interviewed me [but] I never told them that my driver was arrested. The money was not stolen; it was company money.”