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Official arrested for pocketing B13m COVID money for disabled

Official arrested for pocketing B13m COVID money for disabled

BANGKOK: An official in charge of finance at the Social Development and Human Security Ministry was arrested yesterday (Sept 19) for allegedly stealing B13 million earmarked for disabled people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 20 September 2021, 08:40AM


Police search a backpack belonging to Pisal Sukjaitham after he was arrested in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai yesterday (Sept 19).

Police search a backpack belonging to Pisal Sukjaitham after he was arrested in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai yesterday (Sept 19).

Anti-Corruption Divison commander Pol Maj Gen Charoonkiart Pankaew said Pisal Sukjaitham, 41, was apprehended in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai under an arrest warrant on fraud charges, reports the Bangkok Post.

The ministry registered a complaint at Phaya Thai police station accusing Mr Pisal of pocketing the money set aside for helping people with a disability suffering from COVID-19. The case was later handled by the Anti-Corruption Division.

The ministry took action after finding a budget of B13mn had been transferred to its accounts - but somehow ended up in his personal bank accounts.

It did not specify when the crimes had been committed and police did not give details about the man’s detention in Mae Sai.

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Pol Maj Gen Charoonkiart only said the suspect was believed to be trying to flee to Myanmar.

Phaya Thai police chief Pol Col Bowornpob Soonthornreakha said Mr Pisal denied the allegation.

He was sent to the Anti-Corruption Division for further interrogation. Police planned to forward the case to the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct today.

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Capricornball | 20 September 2021 - 19:15:38

Boy...now there's a real piece of $#!t...the lowest of the low. Now it will be in the hands of the RTP, which is just another organized crime faction.  I'll guess that the 13 mil will be distributed among the ranks as this POS gets shuffled around the system while the descending ranks of crooks take their share of the loot.  As per usual, Thai society will be the ultimate losers in this.

Christy Sweet | 20 September 2021 - 14:01:49

Must have angered the wrong person, how many more skimmers are not getting caught in Land O Scams ?

Fascinated | 20 September 2021 - 12:23:26

What a Grade A ******* (fill in the stars as appropriate) some people have no shame.

JohnC | 20 September 2021 - 10:13:51

Seriousy, is anybody else at all surprised to read this? Cheating disabled people is as low as you can get. There is no end to the greed of officials in this country. Instead of calling it The Land Of Smiles, bettter The Land Of Slime. This is so disgusting he should be stung up for it.

 

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