The brother of a Canadian man stuck in Thailand says they’ll continue to press forward with their online fundraiser even with the negative attention they’re getting online.
The fundraiser for Jason Hoffman is facing some scrutiny on social media.
Commenters bringing up an old drunk driving charge, and discussions of uncertainty around how funds will be used.
But Clinton Hoffman, Jason’s brother says: “We really are trying to be open and transparent to everything we’re doing. Trying to be good. We’re not trying to hide anything.”
As for the charge: “I’m not too clear about the drunk driving charge. I don’t believe that that’s where these comments are coming from.”
The family just wants to help.
“I know he has it in him to turn around and be a good person and be the man we all know he can be. It’s just events like this that we have to believe he can change and completely make a 360 here.”
Thai officials have apparently asked the family to pay $80,000 in restitution to the victims and the family of the woman who died.
Jason Hoffman pleaded guilty to the charge in a B.C. court in 2003.