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217 Officials Found Embezzling State Funds from Protection Center for the Destitute



CHIANG MAI – The Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has reported 50% progress in its investigation into the embezzlement of state funds for the destitute in Chiang Mai province.

PACC Secretary-General Lt.Col. Kornthip Daroj visited the Chiang Mai Protection Center for the Destitute to follow up on the alleged malfeasance. He noted that investigators found it difficult to contact all 1,000 victims, as they live in remote areas of Chiang Mai province.

Investigations in 67 other provinces also found 217 low and high-ranking officials involved in the embezzlement of the state funds. They will be subjected to disciplinary action by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

More investigations are expected to be conducted at 28 highland development and co-op centers in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang and Nan to examine whether other state funds have been misappropriated.

By Nuppol Suvansombut – NNT

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