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    and again - every single one of these people should be charged with lese majesty as the uniforms they wear mean they represent the king

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    Spoke to my missus today about this matter thinking she'd be gobsmacked at the amount being stolen. Her verbal response was 'normal'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    and again - every single one of these people should be charged with lese majesty as the uniforms they wear mean they represent the king
    Nay.
    Lese Majeste only applies to those who conveniently make up the rules as random notes to suit their particular circles.

    Historic contradictory precedence.

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    Wow I thought corruption was the deed of politics, more precisely politics from a particular partie...you mean Thai administration, on which the Junta rely so much to run the country may be crooked?

    The nice houses, cars and generally speaking the way of life of some civil servants completely unrelated with their official wages didn't ring a bell to anyone? Who believes this? Admit it, corruption is a way of life there...

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    Charges filed following discovery of graft in distribution of assistance fund

    BANGKOK, 14th March 2018 (NNT) – Permanent Secretary of the Thai Ministry of Education has filed charges against five civil servants and the holders of 22 bank accounts after detecting possible graft in the distribution of the Semapattana Impoverished Children’s Assistance Fund.

    Permanent Secretary of Education Karun Sakulpradit, filed the charges at the Dusit Metropolitan Police Station after finding evidence of graft in the distribution of 88 million baht from the Semapattana Impoverished Children’s Assistance Fund.

    Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha earlier stated that his office is keeping a eye out for signs of graft and stringently inspecting government spending with the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission and other agencies, to ensure that corruption is detected. He said today that those who step forward to provide information are protected.

    In the case of the Semapattana Impoverished Children’s Assistance Fund, it was found that between 2008 and 2018, 22 bank accounts received transfers totaling 88 million baht despite not being targeted educational institutions. Five civil servants have been found to have colluded in the graft with one already admitting to the wrongdoing.

    Minister of Education, Dr. Theerakriat Charoensettasin has urged any schools that have had their funds embezzled to come forward.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Have they no shame or even a moral mindful compass.
    The nature of people. Does anyone believe that when a thief has trashed and stolen from a house in Oz,USA or UK he has sleepless nights of shame? Or the thug that beats an old man senseless for his pension money? He is more likely laughing how easy it was to steal. Theft is a universal concept committed by the poor and desperate, or the slothful and indolent pond scum that inhabit every corner of the planet. The latter of which need some culling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Theft is a universal concept not limited to Thais
    ...a salute to General Obvious...

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    Graft at self-help centres feared as elderly report scams

    AN ONGOING investigation has indicated corruption plaguing the government’s projects for self-help settlement communities and hill-tribe development centres.

    In the 2017 fiscal year, projects received a budget of Bt350 million – much higher than Bt123 million for protection centres for the destitute, which are also mired in a corruption scandal.


    “At this point, I cannot confirm as to whether corruption at self-help settlement communities and hill-tribe development centres is bigger, given that the investigation is still ongoing,” Public Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) assistant secretary-general Wannop Somjintanakul said yesterday.



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    ...I suspect "self-help" was misunderstood by program administrators...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    The nature of people. Does anyone believe that when a thief has trashed and stolen from a house in Oz,USA or UK he has sleepless nights of shame? Or the thug that beats an old man senseless for his pension money? He is more likely laughing how easy it was to steal. Theft is a universal concept committed by the poor and desperate, or the slothful and indolent pond scum that inhabit every corner of the planet. The latter of which need some culling.
    agreed.

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    The practice of stealing from the vulnerable, the poor, the uneducated and those without influence is endemic in Thai society at every level.

    They are quite the worst nation for larceny, deceit and hypocrisy i have ever encountered.

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    High-ranking civil servants found involved in embezzlement of state funds

    BANGKOK, 28 March 2018 (NNT) - Thailand's Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has disclosed that a number of civil servants have been found guilty of embezzling money from the state fund for the destitute.

    According to Social Development and Human Security Minister Gen Anantaporn Kanjanarat, five officers have been found involved in the embezzlement case. Their identities have yet to be disclosed as the broader investigation is still under way.

    The ministry, together with the Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission and the Office of the Auditor General, have been probing 59 public organizations looking for fraudulent practices.

    Evidence uncovered suggests that financial fraud has been committed in 21 organizations. No irregularities have been found in eight organizations while the remaining 30 agencies are still being investigated.

    Meanwhile, a committee has been set up to probe a tourism project which Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn has refused to endorse, saying its company structure was not transparent.


    National News Bureau Of Thailand | High-ranking civil servants found involved in embezzlement of state funds

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    Student Hero



    From Arun, February 27, 2018

    Inside a box on the top: left: Arun’s cartoon [white] Arun Watcharasawad [names of the cartoon column and the cartoonist]

    Right: Miss Panida Yotpanya “Student from Mahasarakam University” who discloses the network of corruption of money for the poor

    On the sheep: Money for the poor

    Caption: Kid helps the sheep (a fable which Aesop hasn’t written yet.)



    [Refers to Panida Yotpanya, a student from Mahasarakam University who exposed alleged corruption in projects helping destitute people at a Khon Kaen-based center where she was briefly a trainee.

    This led to an investigation in several provincial protection centers for destitute people.

    Aesop’s Fables are very well known in Thai education.

    In the cartoon, it shows that in this case, the officials are wolves who prey on sheep representing money for the poor much in the manner of an Aesop’s fable.

    Panida is considered a very usual hero as she dared to speak up against the endemic corruption that most Thais simply have to accept.]


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    ...so, only one mid-level civil servant is held responsible for siphoning millions intended for the poor. Prosecutors say no collusion with higher ranking officials has been found and also suggested that the moon is made of green cheese...

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    Eight protection centers for the destitute cleared of embezzlement

    BANGKOK, 29th March 2018 (NNT)-The Department of Social Development and Welfare (DSDW) has announced that out of 59 protection centers for the destitute being investigated for possible state-fund fraud, no irregularities have so far been found in eight of the centers.

    DSDW Deputy Director-General Sujittra Pittayanoraset, said today that no embezzlment has been detected at eight protection centers for the destitute, located in Singburi, Samut Songkhram, Phuket, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Sakon Nakhon, Phrae and Chai Nat provinces.

    The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has set up a committee to oversee the distribution and management of state-funds to ensure future transparency. Those seeking financial assistance from a protection center will be required to undergo a background check by another committee to keep impostors at bay.

    The ministry will also conclude no later than May whether the money would be allocated to eligible individuals via e-payment or Krung Thai Bank.


    National News Bureau Of Thailand | Eight protection centers for the destitute cleared of embezzlement

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    Embezzlement probe focuses on 94 officials

    Chiefs of welfare centres to be transferred amid signs of tampering with evidence.

    THE OFFICE of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has set up subcommittees to investigate 94 officials for their roles in the alleged embezzlement of state funds designated for the destitute, self-development centre, and the San Kamphaeng Cooperative.


    “We have also asked the Social Development and Human Security Ministry to transfer the chiefs of protection centres for the destitute in Trang, Chaiyaphum and Buri Ram, as we have found that they tried to tamper with evidence,” PACC board member Pol General Jarumporn Suramanee said yesterday.


    He said his agency had also told the Education Ministry that a school director based in Nakhon Phanom province should be transferred, as he had apparently tried to cover up alleged corruption at the protection centre for the destitute in that province.



    “Our moves are in line with the Cabinet’s just-approved guidelines on how to deal with corruption cases,” Jarumporn said.


    PACC has been investigating all 76 protection centres for the destitute in the country after a university-student intern at the Khon Kaen centre detected irregularities and alerted authorities. In the last fiscal year, the centres received Bt107 million from the state budget.


    The ongoing PACC probe has already found evidence of wrongdoing at 53 centres and the other 23 centres are under investigation for corruption.


    Jarumporn said the ongoing project had detected a distinct pattern of wrongdoing that could be considered almost a guideline for how local officials at various centres could embezzle from the fund.


    Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister ACM Prajin Juntong, who heads the Centre for National Anti-Corruption, said separately that the recently approved anti-corruption guidelines applied to all cases.


    “After the guidelines came out, 14 officials – most of them police officers – were transferred for alleged human trafficking,” Prajin said. “I can say that many more will be transferred under the guidelines.”


    Asked about the alleged corruption in the Education Ministry’s Educational Fund for Life Development, Prajin said the investigation would proceed quickly because the guidelines required that a preliminary probe conclude within 30 days.


    A senior education official, Rojana Sintee, has said she acted alone in stealing more than Bt100 million from the fund over the past decade. She was dismissed from service even before the Cabinet approved the strict anti-graft guidelines on Tuesday.


    “The investigation is still ongoing to determine who else is involved,” Prajin said.


    He said everyone engaged in grave offences must be dismissed.


    “If there is grounds for charges of criminal wrongdoing, they will also face criminal proceedings,” Prajin added.


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    Welfare graft mastermind to be named today as senior bureaucrats under fire

    THE IDENTITY of the senior person or persons behind alleged irregularities at dozens of scandal-tainted provincial protection centres for the destitute would be revealed today, Public Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) secretary-general Korntip Daroj said yesterday.

    The person or persons, of higher rank than centre-director level, were identified during the PACC’s fact-finding inquiry, conducted with the Anti-Money Laundering Office and the Office of the Auditor-General in the past month, through a clear trail of embezzled-money transactions, he said.


    “As the evidence now links to officials of higher rank than the centre-director level, the legal actions to prosecute them per the criminal code will be forwarded to the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission [NACC],” Kornthip said. He added that the accused senior officials’ supervisors would also be asked to launch disciplinary investigations.


    The PACC focuses on corruption cases involving low-ranking officials, while the NACC handles corruption cases involving politicians and high-ranking officials.

    The PACC will today announce the results of its investigation into 37 provincial protection centres for the destitute, with each case involving alleged misappropriation of more than Bt1 million, Kornthip said.



    He added that the PACC investigation into all provincial protection centres for the destitute, self-help settlement centres, hill-tribe development centres and co-op coordinating centres under the Social Development and Human Security Ministry would be concluded by May 31.


    Kornthip made the comments when asked about Social Development and Human Security Minister General Anantaporn Kanjanarat’s recent order to set up a disciplinary inquiry committee against Social Development and Human Security permanent secretary Puttipat Lertchaowasit and his deputy, Narong Kongkham. The two officials were transferred amid allegations of irregularities in February to perform duties at the Prime Minister’s Office.


    Meanwhile, the Education Ministry’s fact-finding committee’s investigation into alleged corruption at the Sema Pattana Chevit Fund for underprivileged children in the years 2003-2018 has also released some findings.


    Panel head and education inspector-general Atthapol Truektrong said the committee found embezzled money had been wired to the bank accounts of a temple, a police major-general and a high school that was unrelated to the scheme.


    The year 2003 was a key turning point when the fund shifted from disbursements via bank drafts to direct money wires to schools’ bank accounts, Atthapol said.


    In that year, Rojana Sinthee – a C8-level education official who has been accused of, and reportedly confessed to, stealing more than Bt88 million from the fund – started to abuse her authority in overseeing the fund and channelled money into her own and accomplices’ bank accounts, Atthapol said.


    The committee would investigate the links between Rojana and the recipients of the ill-gotten funds, he said.


    As Rojana channelled funds through the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Education’s Finance Department, the panel would also investigate if any of its officials were involved.
    Atthapol is scheduled to visit the South this afternoon to investigate more graft complaints linked to the fund, at five schools in Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Chumphon and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Another team will travel up North to investigate graft allegations in Lampang.



    Welfare graft mastermind to be named today as senior bureaucrats under fire

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    At least 94 people are implicated in cheating of fund for the destitute


    As many as 94 people, including officials and civilians, were found to be involved in the cheating of fund for the Protection Center for the Destitute, said Lt-Col Kornthip Darote, secretary-general of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission, on Monday.

    He, however, said the above figures did not include the permanent secretary of social development and human security and his deputy against whom a disciplinary probe has been ordered.

    After about two months of investigation, Lt-Col Kornthip said PACC officials now had some clues about the mastermind of the cheating scandal involving more than 490 million baht of the fund for the destitute.



    He asked for more time for the investigators to dig deeper into the scandal to find out if there are still any people implicated in the widespread embezzlement.

    The PACC secretary-general said that, so far, there has been no evidence that suggests that money cheated from the fund had been wired by one senior official of social development and human security ministry to his sister overseas.

    At least 94 people are implicated in cheating of fund for the destitute - Thai PBS English News

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    A young girl does a better job than the PM



    From Manager, March 14, 2018

    Left: The success of the Prime Minister suppressing corruption.

    Right: …from an intern.

    On the fish: Corruption of money to pay to the poor


    [This refers to the stunning scandal uncovered by a young whistle blower who was an intern at a state agency.

    After she left the position, she exposed embezzlement at a welfare center. She claimed that her internship at a government job required her to forge the signatures of thousands of people so that her superiors could pocket the money.

    Since then, the scandal has spread out to many more provinces and is one of the largest mass graft schemes exposed in recent years.

    The cartoonist notes that the government, while continually touting its desire to reform the system and end corruption, has very little to show for their efforts despite having absolute power to do whatever they want.]

    A young girl does a better job than the PM | 2Bangkok.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...a salute to General Obvious...
    still needed saying.

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    The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has set up a committee.
    Thank god for that.

    That was a close shave!

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    PACC gets names of officials ‘involved in children’s fund graft’

    A LIST of 44 civil servants allegedly involved in corruption at the Education Ministry’s Sema Pattana Chevit Fund for underprivileged children was submitted yesterday to the Public Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

    Education inspector-general Atthapol Truektrong, chairman of a ministry-assigned fact-finding committee, filed a formal complaint along with the list, the office computer of a self-confessed embezzler, the testimony of two witnesses and recipients of the ill-gotten money .


    The list identifies 22 individuals accused in the original complaint covering 2012-17. As investigators probed further back to 2005, more officials were found to be involved.


    The list names two education officials, one at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, one at the Land Department, a military officer, a Border Patrol policeman and a teacher in Tak.

    A further 15 officials’ allegedly involved were added to the list. Six non-governmental officials are also under investigation as recipients of cashier cheques signed by Rojana Sinthee, a C8-level education official who allegedly abused her authority in overseeing the fund. Atthapol said Rojana had confessed to stealing millions of baht from the fund and has been sacked.


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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The list identifies 22 individuals accused in the original complaint covering 2012-17
    ...I wonder if a known watch abuser is on the list...

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    Permanent Secretary for Social Development suspended amid corruption probe

    BANGKOK, 11 April 2018 (NNT) – TheThai Cabinet has decided to suspend Permanent Secretary for Social Development and Human Security, Puthipat Lertchaowasit, and his deputies and inspectors from the civil service without pay for the time being to facilitate an investigation into suspected corruption.

    The latest meeting of the Cabinet agreed that the Puthipat be suspended from duty until he is cleared of any wrongdoing. Secretary-General of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), Poramethi Wimolsiri, will take the Permanent Secretary position for now with Permanent Secretary for Finance Somchai Sajjapong to assume the top job at the NESDB during his absence.

    Deputy Permanent Secretary for Social Development and Human Security, Narong Kongkam, has also been suspended but a replacement has yet to be found.

    Minister for Social Development and Human Security, Gen Anantaporn Kanchanarat, explained that some 95 civil servants are suspected of engaging in corruption relating to the destitute people’s assistance fund ,according to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). Fourteen are now being probed by ministry committees with the remaining 81 to be directly investigated by the NACC. It is believed tgere will be more clarity after Songkran.

    The minister admitted that current payment methods have resulted in suspicious fund transfers and said that an E-Payment system that protects against abuse will be implemented starting May 1.


    National News Bureau Of Thailand | Permanent Secretary for Social Development suspended amid corruption probe

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    It is believed tgere will be more clarity after Songkran.
    ...nonsense: greater clarity is a threat to Thainess...

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