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Brian Meisenberg [United States Citizen]
CASE INFORMATION Brian Meisenberg
NAME: Brian Meisenberg
AGE: Born 28th June 1960, in Plainfield, New Jersey [USA]
ORIGIN: United States of America
WRITE TO BRIAN: Brian Scott Meisenberg
Pattaya Remand Prison
57 Moo 4, Nongprue
Banglamung, Chonburi 20150
THAILAND

** Please advise him that you were made aware of his plight through the Foreign Prisoner Support Service.
ARRESTED: February 17, 2006
PRISON LOCATION: Bangkwang Central Prison
117 Nonthanburi Road
Nonthanburi 11000, Thailand

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SENTENCE: On December 4th, 2007 Brian was sentenced to 9 years and 3 months and ordered to pay a fine of 400,000 baht (approx US$11,500 dollars). He will be eligible for release: 2016.
ABOUT ME: Brian's family moved to Tamarac Florida when he was young and Brian spent his formative years in and around Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Witty, funny, and full of life, Brian always was able to make friends wherever he went.

Brian was diagnosed in his late 30's with multiple sclerosis, a disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. As a result, he has become disabled. He takes a vitamin formula that has to be delivered from outside of the prison.

Brian loves adventure and spent time living in Costa Rica and then Thailand. He occasionally would write his mother and also his childhood friend Greg via yahoo messenger, telling him all was well and life was good in Thailand and that he had a girlfriend and a job selling investments, but other than that contact back to America was sporadic. Everyone assumed Brian had found himself and all was well. That all changed on February 17, 2006 when Brian was arrested in Pattaya, Thailand with 5 grams of 'ya ice' (methamphetamine) and for overstaying his visa. Everyone was shocked and horrified to hear he was in the Pattaya Remand Prison, where conditions are extremely harsh. Brian was shackled for a long period of time, in accordance to the prison regulations, and had initial difficulties explaining his MS condition and treatment required.

His situation was exasperated when persons living in Thailand offered their help only to put pressure on his parents to pay money for "Brian's release". These requests were accompanied by all manner of threats. Thai Lawyers suggested his family pay sizeable amounts of money to them. The family however, was not in any financial position to pay any demands. Brian's email account was hijacked and that person began pleading for money from everyone in Brian's contact list. It is assumed that any money sent to these criminals is lost forever.

Brian's friend was able to elicit the help of several sympathetic people on the ground in Thailand and after they got involved, secured a lawyer, started visiting Brian and helped him mount a defense while Brian remained shackled in prison. During this time Brian was beaten up by other prisoners, lost tremendous amounts of weight, and was forced to sleep in the bathroom. He was forced to subside on minimum nutrition, especially dangerous for an MS sufferer. Brian's family and friends sent bail money to Thailand but the judge denied bail. He never lost his spirit and his hope of being released. One of his Thai advocates was a well respected Buddhist Monk name Lewis Bell, who attended court hearings with Brian and worked tirelessly, without remuneration, but held a strong belief that Brian was a good person. The other advocate, Rudy Estrada, an American citizen living in Thailand put himself in harms way by associating with an accused meth dealer, whom he thought might be of some value in court. He did this for no other reason than out of respect for Brian's friends and family and his desire to help Brian, a fellow American. For a while, everyone's hopes were high.

Unfortunately, those hopes were dashed On December 4th, 2007 when Brian was found guilty of the narcotic charge and guilty of immigration violations. His was sentenced to 9 years and 3 months and ordered to pay a fine of 400,000 baht (approx US$11,500 dollars). His sentence was read in Thai and translated to him in broken English by his Thai lawyer. In spite of this horrible development, further efforts were mounted to continue to help Brian. The embassy promised to get him transferred to Bangkok prison, where it was hoped that his medical needs could be tended to more effectively.

As of September 1st, 2008, Brian remains in the Pattaya Remand Prison with no proper medical care for his MS condition. He has very little money to sustain himself and limited contact with people from the outside. No one from his family can afford to go to Thailand to see him. This causes him and his family a great deal of distress.

Brian's family does not have the money to pay his fine. His parents are elderly and already under financial and medical stress. In addition, it is becoming more and more difficult for the people advocating on his behalf to visit him on a regular basis due to other projects and commitments they have. So as a result, this has left Brian without any regular support and without regular deposits to his prison account, without regular food and medicine, he is left without much hope at all of surviving.

Brian would very much appreciate your letters; appreciate a visit along with books and current English periodicals if you are in Thailand. He would be grateful for any financial support or deposits into his prison account which can be done via the United States Embassy or directly at the prison. This will enable him to purchase essential items allowed by the prison to sustain a basic living standard.

His situation is dire.For further information please contact Brian's friend "Greg" at freebrian08@yahoo.com
FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Most foreign prisoners maintain a small bank account to purchase food, cooking supplies, writing materials, clothes etc. from the prison store. While the prison does supply a minimal diet, many prisoners prefer to supplement their diet with store purchases and gifts from friends and visitors [those who have them]. Without support for food and money, the prisoner is in a really difficult position.

If you would like to help Brian survive his ordeal, then please deposit money through the American Embassy. No amount is too small or too large. This can be done by following these two simple steps.

1. Go to your nearest Western Union office and tell them you need to send money "OVERSEAS EMERGENCY, DC". In the 'pay to' section list "Department of State". Under the account number, list your own phone number. Tell the operator to list in the reference or other remarks field:
BRIAN SCOTT MEISENBERG, Prisoner, Pattaya Remand Prison, Thailand.

2. Call the U.S. Department of State on 888-407-4747 (from overseas call 202-501-4444) and tell them you have sent money to Brian Meisenberg through the OCS Trust. Request they deliver the funds to him immediately. This is very important or the money may sit there for weeks. IF you call, it will cause someone to actually send the funds to Thailand. Thank you so much for helping Brian!

A word of advice: Never send money or cash in the mail. It is against the law to send money through the mail and if found, it will be confiscated by police and/or prison authorities.
EMBASSY CONTACT: U.S. Embassy in Thailand
120/22 Wireless Road,
Bangkok Thailand

Telephone: +66-2-205-4000
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