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Welfare ‘ghost accounts’ used for embezzlement

Welfare ‘ghost accounts’ used for embezzlement

NATIONWIDE: An investigation into the embezzlement of funds to help the underprivileged at welfare centres across the country has found that many of those registered for benefits were not entitled to state subsidies of any kind.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 08:56AM


Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission investigators have interviewed possible victims of the embezzlement scheme at the offices of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission in the Northeastern city. Photo: Jakkrapan Natanri

Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission investigators have interviewed possible victims of the embezzlement scheme at the offices of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission in the Northeastern city. Photo: Jakkrapan Natanri

Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) assistant secretary-general Wannop Somjintanakul said yesterday (Mar 5) that investigators are collecting further evidence before requesting the setting up of a probe committee.

The PACC’s preliminary probe found there were sufficient grounds for an investigation into irregularities at 24 out of the first batch of 37 welfare centres under suspicion.

While these investigations are expected to be completed this month, the preliminary probes into the remaining 39 centres are not expected to be completed until May.

Committees have been set up to investigate similar findings of irregularities in Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai.

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The PACC is to act today (Mar 6) to appoint such committees to look into irregularities in six other provinces: Bung Kan, Nong Khai, Trat, Nan, Sa Kaeo and Surat Thani, Lt Col Wannop said.

The scandal came to the attention of the public last month after Panida Yotpanya, 22, a social science student at Maha Sarakham University, and her three friends who were working as interns at the Khon Kaen Protection for the Destitute, lodged a complaint with the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) claiming they had been ordered by the centre director Phuangphayom Chitkhom and other senior officials to fill in forms and sign receipts for 2,000 villagers, worth nearly B7 million.

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DeKaaskopp | 06 March 2018 - 17:14:43

Someone must be obsessed by Mr.Premchai.Why else would he mention him now frequently.Nothing to do with this article.Probably he is having the nightmares here.He didn't even read the article well or did not comprehend it.Should read the article again.

Kurt | 06 March 2018 - 11:54:11

PACC's preliminary probes justify further investigations. YES?
Why than PACC's investigators need 'sufficient grounds' for another investigation?
Ooh, wait, I understand, PACC needs to investigate or there are no high ranking influential people involved.(?)
The last thing PACC wants is getting involved in a nightmare Premchai case.

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