Former West Ham forward Savio Nsereko has been arrested in the Thai resort of Pattaya after an apparent false kidnap claim, the Bangkok Post reports.
The former German Under-20 international, who joined the Hammers from Brescia in a reported £9million deal from Brescia in 2009, was arrested by police in Pattaya after reportedly extorting €25,000 from members of his family.
It is alleged Nsereko telephoned members of his family from Thailand, telling them he had been kidnapped and demanding a ransom.
Nsereko's family contacted the German embassy in Thailand, who brought in the police.
The 23-year-old, whose unhappy spell at Upton Park ended after just ten appearances when he was sold to Fiorentina, is now on his way back to Germany to stand trial.
Nsereko is currently contracted to German third tier side SpVgg Unterhaching after several unsuccessful spells in Bulgaria, Italy and Romania.