Authorities in northeastern Thailand have arrested 3 more teachers for allegedly cheating local residents over a subsidy scheme. The 3 teachers were apprehended during a search of her house in Khon Kaen’s Nong Rua district.
The three teachers allegedly cheating local elderly residents in two government co-payment schemes.
A combined team of officers from Nong Rua police station, tourist police and Provincial Police Region 4 officers apprehended Ms Walaporn Ladadat, 39, Ms Siriporn Nankasee, 28, and Ms Passawan Konglun, 44. All three were residents of Yangkham village in Nong Rua district, Khon Kaen police said on Thursday.
Earlier, two teachers in Khon Kaen were arrested for alleged embezzlement concerning the government’s Khon La Khrueng (Let’s Go Halves) co-payment scheme. Also the tourism stimulus campaign known as Rao Tiew Duay Kan (We Travel Together).
The pair were Mr Phuphaphum Mori, a senior teacher in Nong Rua district, and Buppha Sud-nguleum, alias “Khru Fon” a teacher in Ban Fang district.
Before the arrest, 38 villagers from Ban Fang district’s Ban Non Kho village complained that Khru Fon, had offered them 200 baht each to claim handouts in the We Travel Together tourism stimulus package.
When the villagers tried to register for benefits under the Rao Chana (We Win) scheme — another welfare initiative — they found their identities had already been used to register for the Khon La Khrueng co-payment subsidy scheme.
Teachers charged with collusion
Pol Maj Gen Phumpong said the investigation found the IDs of the affected villagers were sent to Mr Phuphaphum, a main suspect in this case.
Pol Col Phopkorn Kawinyothin, chief of Nong Rua police station, said the three teachers were charged with colluding in ID theft for their own benefits and inputting distorted or false information into the computer system.
The arresting team seized some notepads detailing names of local residents who brought their ID cards to get 200 baht each from the three teachers, mobile phones with SIM cards and notebook computers and two bank accounts.
The three suspects admitted to the charges and gave useful information to police, said the Nong Rua police chief.
After interrogating them, the investigators would immediately take them to the Chum Phae Provincial Court, said the officer.
Source: Bangkok Post