The Department of Special Investigation has taken charge of investigating four more cases, following a resolution by the DSI board yesterday.
DSI director-general Tharit Pengdit revealed that two of the cases were related to alleged corruption in the paddy-mortgage scheme, and alleged graft involving student loans provided by the government.
“Another case is about a gang that used the Government Lottery Office emblem and names of executives to lure people to pay them for figures they claimed would be winning lottery numbers,” he said, “This gang deceived people into shelling out more than Bt3 million to it.”
The other case, Tharit said, was related to a complaint filed by Bangkok Bank executive Chartsiri Sophonpanich. Chartsiri complained that someone had hacked into his online accounts and used them to post lese-majeste messages, Tharit said.
“Such offences are in violation of both the lese-majeste law and the Computer Act,” the DSI chief said.
In a related development, Media for Youth Foundation secretary-general Piriya Thongsorn called on the DSI to investigate sports newspapers that published advertisements for thinly veiled online-gambling websites.
Joining Piriya’s calls were several foundations and networks.
According to the Stop Gambling Network, a research shows children – some as young as seven years old – have been gambling these days.
“This is a dangerous sign. Online gambling makes it so easy for youth to access gambling services,” the network’s coordinator Imron Chetthawat said.
Tharit said the accused sports newspapers would be investigated to see whether they got income from gambling services, too.