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217 officials await fate after PACC welfare probe

BANGKOK: The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is expected to demand that 217 state officials found guilty of involvement in the welfare fund embezzlement scandal be transferred while it is decided what punishment they should face.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 10:23AM


Police investigators searched two townhouses (in background) owned by Rojana Sinthi and removed many boxes and bags of evidence, after she allegedly confessed she embezzled at least B88 million from a Ministry of Education fund for poor girls. Photo: Apichit Jinakul / Bangkok Post

Police investigators searched two townhouses (in background) owned by Rojana Sinthi and removed many boxes and bags of evidence, after she allegedly confessed she embezzled at least B88 million from a Ministry of Education fund for poor girls. Photo: Apichit Jinakul / Bangkok Post

The commission’s board is to forward a list of names to various organisations recommending disciplinary action be taken against them, PACC Secretary-General Kornthip Daroj said yesterday (May 8).

These government officials will also have to be transferred from their current positions while they await punishment, Col Kornthip said.

They were the welfare project for the underprivileged and HIV patients, a self-help community project, and a village cooperative project, he said.

Last Thursday, Col Korntip revealed that the PAAC was expanding its probe into the welfare embezzlement scandal to cover 28 more organisations that altogether received B103.8 million in fiscal year 2017.

The 28 organisations under investigation are two operation centres for the destitute, five provincial offices to protect those in poverty, two village co-operative coordination centres, nine provincial self-help community projects and 10 highland people development centres.

On Sunday (May 6), the PACC said it had also detected possible embezzlement of welfare funds meant for blanket procurement in Sing Buri.

A PACC team found irregularities at the provincial centre for protecting the destitute, which bought 500 blankets to give away to poor elderly people in February last year, said Col Korntip.

The PACC was looking at whether more blankets given out again last December were ones left unused from the previous procurement or whether they were purchased later, he added.

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Investigators were examining the Sing Buri centre’s blanket procurement contracts, he said.

The centre comes under the Department of Social Development and Welfare.

The PACC found that blankets were purchased for B200,000, or B400 each, much more expensive than the median price of B240 a piece set by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

Worse, the blankets were found to be of “ridiculously poor quality”, Col Kornthip said.

The embezzlement scandal first came to light in Khon Kaen in January.

 

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Jor12 | 09 May 2018 - 17:40:36

That's what the law proscribes...Why bother commenting on the bleeding obvious...

Kurt | 09 May 2018 - 10:52:07

Await Fate? Transferred ( again? pff) while it is decided what punishment they should face?
If Thailand likes to become a smart 2018 respected nation there is just 1 route for corrupt state officials:
Arrest-trialed-convicted-sacked-imprisonment. And later never again a government job.
Same as in Singapore, Korea, Japan, to mention as good examples. 

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