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Abbot’s aide gets 10-year stretch for B200m fraud

Abbot’s aide gets 10-year stretch for B200m fraud

BANGKOK: The Criminal Court on Tuesday (Feb 28) handed down a 10-year jail sentence to Apirat Jayankura Na Ayudhya, a close aide of the late abbot of Wat Bowon Niwet, for forgery to embezzle B80 million from the temple’s accounts.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 1 March 2023, 08:53AM

Apirat Jayankura. Photo  Apirat Jayankura / Facebook

Apirat Jayankura. Photo  Apirat Jayankura / Facebook

The court also ordered Apirat to return the money to the temple, plus interest, reports the Bangkok Post.

The ruling was delivered at the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd at 9:30am in response to a lawsuit filed by prosecutors and the temple’s acting abbot against Apirat.

According to the suit, the alleged theft occurred between 2021 and 2022 when the suspect lied to the monk, claiming he needed money to pay for temple repairs and workers’ wages.

The Crown Property Bureau transferred 78.5 million baht to the temple’s account, which was intended to build Wat Wachira Thamma Ram in Ayutthaya, one of Wat Bowon Niwet’s branches, among other projects.

The money was placed in the temple’s saving account to earn interest, and the amount later grew to B80.1mn

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After obtaining the late abbot’s authorisation, Apirat withdrew the money and transferred it to his personal accounts.

The theft came to light after Somdej Phra Wannarat died on March 15 last year, and the temple’s committee filed a complaint with police accusing Apirat of embezzling more than 190 million baht from the temple in Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok and its branches upcountry.

Apirat was arrested on March 23 last year at a condominium in Bangkok, and the Anti-Money Laundering Office seized 14 assets worth B92mn linked to Apirat and four others, including condominiums worth B21mn, a Bentley car valued at B15mn, a Porsche worth B6.9mn and a B3.1mn Tesla.

On Tuesday, the court found him guilty of two counts of forgery and handed him a combined 10-year sentence with an order to return the B80mn.

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Kurt | 02 March 2023 - 08:40:06

How one can be so dull/blurry. A thai sentence is never cut in stone for people with means. People with influence/money never sit their full sentence in Thailand. Quick it will change in conditional freedom with probation.

Pooliekev | 01 March 2023 - 19:21:09

@Kurt. He was sentenced in a court, why would they go back and reverse their decision, unless it was at an appeal? If he appeals sucessfully, all well and good. Unless you have evidence of misconduct, of course.

Kurt | 01 March 2023 - 09:47:35

Gues when the attention fades away, for 120mn they let him soon go with 'probation'. He gets a condo back, (he must have a place to sleep, right?) and one of the cars. Next: He becomes a financial advisor. Sure he still has millions not 'discovered'. TIT

JohnC | 01 March 2023 - 09:02:25

Return B80mn. What about the other B120mn that was stolen? Guess that has gone to other "upstanding citizens" like this PoS.


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