BANGKOK – Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) will confiscate the assets of three former top officials of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and 12 other accomplices worth 88 million baht for corruption in the state funds for the destitutes.
The decision was reached at the meeting of the AMLO’s financial transaction committee after it was designated to investigate their money trails following joint investigation by by the Office of the Auditor-General and the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) revealing of massive corruption in the funds for the destitutes across the country.
AMLO deputy secretary-general Pol Maj-Gen Rommasit Veriyasan said intensive investigation by AMLO investigation team showed that the three top officials who included the former permanent secretary Puttipat Lertchaowasit, his deputy, Narong Kongkham, and former inspector-general Thirapong Srisukhon were found guilty of collaboration in the misappropriation of funds for the destitutes allocated to protection centres for the destitutes across the country.
They were found to produce false budgetting documents to misappropriate the funds and return them to their own accounts, and convert the money into various forms of asset which included real estate, luxury condominium rooms, luxury cars, bank deposits, and other assets, he said.
He said these officials work in team with the collaboration of 12 other accomplices in misappropriation of the funds.
The committee then resolved to seize the assets of the three senior officials and 12 others who collaborated with them in the corruption scandal, he said.
He said a total of 41 items of assets worth 88 million baht of these officials and their conspirators would be impounded and confiscated.
They would also be charged with money laundering, he said.
He also warned corrupted officials that the money laundering charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years for just a transaction of the misappropriated fund.
Source: Thai PBS