Official arrested for pocketing Covid B13m money for people with disabilities


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Police search a backpack belonging to Pisal Sukjaitham after his arrest on Sunday in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai.

A finance official at the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security was arrested on Sunday for allegedly stealing 13 million baht intended for people with disabilities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anti-corruption division commander Pol Maj Gen Charoonkiart Pankaew said Pisal Sukjaitham, 41, was apprehended in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai under an arrest warrant for fraud.

The ministry lodged a complaint with Phaya Thai police station accusing Mr Pisal of pocketing money set aside to help people with disabilities suffering from Covid-19. The case was then handled by the Anti-Corruption Division.

The ministry took action after discovering that a budget of 13 million baht had been transferred to his accounts, but somehow ended up in his personal bank accounts.

He did not specify when the crimes were committed and the police did not give details of the man’s detention in Mae Sai.

Pol Maj Gen Charoonkiart only said the suspect was trying to flee to Myanmar.

Phaya Thai Police Chief Pol Col Bowornpob Soonthornreakha said Mr Pisal denied the allegation.

He was sent to the Anti-Corruption Division for further questioning. Police planned to take the case to the central criminal court for corruption and misconduct on Monday.

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