DSI to probe Pathum Thani Wat and abbot for money laundering

national February 03, 2016 01:00

By Piyanuch Tamnukasetchai
The N

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will probe Pathum Thani’s Wat Phra Dhammakaya and its abbot Phra Dhammachayo for possession of a stolen item and money laundering in relation to the Klongchan Credit Union Co-operative embezzlement case, accor



Pol Lt-Colonel Somboon Sarasit told a press conference yesterday that the meeting of DSI and attorneys resolved to proceed with an investigation of money laundering against the key suspect and former chairman of the co-operative Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, along with the recipients of 878 cashier’s cheques without any apparent debts with the co-operative. Among them were Wat Phra Dhammakaya, which had received some Bt2 billion in donations and the money was transferred to bank accounts of the abbot and other monks at the temple. 
Somboon further said that DSI also recently seized three more assets of Supachai. They were: the Bt168 million he wired to another person who then bought a plot of land to build a Bt20 million-worth resort; a 1,984-rai plot of land worth Bt367 million in Nakhon Ratchasima province; and a three-rai plot of land worth Bt23 million.