Police have found solid evidence against seven monks in a new batch of temple-fund embezzlement cases, a senior officer said on Monday.
“Our investigation has found that embezzlement occurred at 10 temples and involved the amount of Bt140 million,” said Pol Colonel Warayut Sukawat, a deputy commander at the police force’s Counter Corruption Division.
He was speaking as he handed over a more than 4,000-page investigation report to the National Anti-Corruption Commission for further action.
“We have randomly checked the disbursement of state funds for 30 temples in this batch. Of these temples, 10 have showed signs of irregularities,” Warayut said.
Implicated in these new corruption cases are seven monks and several state officials, he added.
These suspects are in addition to the many already identified in the previous batches, the deputy commander said.