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B100m assets seized from alleged embezzler of temple funds

B100m assets seized from alleged embezzler of temple funds

BANGKOK: Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police have seized assets worth about B100 million from a man alleged to have embezzled about B190mn of funds intended for the renovation of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara and its branch temples, a police source said.

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 3 April 2022, 03:52PM


A worshipper attends a royally-sponsored bathing rite in front of a picture of the late Somdet Phra Wannarat, on Mar 17, 2022 at Wat Bowonniwet Vihara. The revered monk died of gall bladder cancer on Mar 15. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

A worshipper attends a royally-sponsored bathing rite in front of a picture of the late Somdet Phra Wannarat, on Mar 17, 2022 at Wat Bowonniwet Vihara. The revered monk died of gall bladder cancer on Mar 15. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

The embezzlement occurred while the temple’s revered abbot, the late Somdet Phra Wannarat, was receiving treatment for gall bladder cancer at Chulalongkorn Hospital, reports the Bangkok Post. He died on Mar 15.

Following the abbot’s death, the temple’s board asked the Royal Thai Police Office to launch a covert investigation. Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk, the police chief, assigned the CSD to investigate.

A team of investigators, led by CSD commander Pol Maj Gen Montree Theskhan, examined the finances of Somdet Phra Wannarat and discovered evidence of embezzlement of funds for the renovation of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, which is in Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok, and its branch temples.

The alleged embezzler, whose name was withheld, was a close acquaintance of Somdet Phra Wannarat.

On Mar 23, the CSD team, armed with a court warrant, arrested the man at a condominium in Bangkok.

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The police investigation uncovered a wealth of goods including Bently, Porsche, Volvo, BMW and Lexus cars, cash, bank accounts, brand name bags and gold-plated amulets, worth about B100mn in total. They were impounded for examination.

The investigators are coordinating with the Anti-Money Laundering Office on further legal proceedings.

The investigation into the alleged embezzlement is continuing. The amount of money involved might exceed B190mn, the source said.

The suspect is being detained at Bangkok Remand Prison.

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Capricornball | 04 April 2022 - 17:39:24

Looks like more "Monk-ee biz" on quite the grand scale. All institutions in Thailand are slathered in corruption, government, police, military, etc. are all raised on taking as much as you can get any way you can get it. I think the easiest way to identify honest people is that they are the ones that have nothing. Maybe they can shave off a few mil to fix that    disgusting building in S...

Kurt | 04 April 2022 - 10:30:43

About B100 Million in assets seized. Still about B90 Million to go. Great Mediation times under the silent flag of National Security coming up. Just in time, before the Songkran celebrations.

Kurt | 04 April 2022 - 10:23:17

Seen the uncovered wealth of clear visible 'good's' , several matters are clear. The Abbot who passed away and more people around Abbot and this no-named close culprit aquaintance must have known about all this. It is not a overnight happening. will there much publicity about it, like that BKK speedboat accident get?

JohnC | 04 April 2022 - 09:45:52

Sounds like the "revered monk" was in deep with the imbezzlement too.  Is there such a thing as an honest person to look up to in this country?

 

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