Po­lice nab three as KMITL em­bez­zle­ment ‘tops B1bn’


Three peo­ple, in­clud­ing a for­mer King Mongkut’s In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Lad­kra­bang (KMITL) rec­tor, have been ar­rested for al­legedly em­bez­zling al­most 700 mil­lion baht more than was orig­i­nally thought from the univer­sity, po­lice said.

The money al­legedly stolen is an ad­di­tional sum on top of 500 mil­lion baht dis­cov­ered miss­ing sev­eral years ago, tak­ing the amount past 1 bil­lion baht, po­lice said.

For­mer rec­tor, Thawil Puengma, 63, his for­mer as­sis­tant, Sup­ph­a­sit Lim­no­rarat, 51, and Khongrit Singkhot, 52, a for­mer man­ager of Siam Com­mer­cial Bank’s Su­varn­ab­humi branch, were charged with con­spir­ing to steal money and forg­ing doc­u­ments.

The three were ar­rested by the Crime Sup­pres­sion Di­vi­sion (CSD) at three sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions: Mr Thawil was de­tained at his home in Lad­kra­bang district, Mr Khongrit at a mar­ket in Khon Kaen’s Muang district, and Mr Sup­ph­a­sit at his house in Non­thaburi’s Muang district.

Pol Col Thongchai Yooket, who led the CSD in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said the ar­rests were made af­ter the univer­sity dis­cov­ered 689 mil­lion baht was miss­ing from its ac­counts.

Pol Col Thongchai said the CSD con­ducted an ini­tial in­quiry and found the three were con­nected to the miss­ing money. All three de­nied the charges af­ter be­ing ques­tioned for over six hours.

He said the CSD would ask the Cen­tral Cor­rup­tion Court to al­low the three to be de­tained longer for fur­ther ques­tion­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the CSD of­fi­cer, Mr Thawil and Mr Sup­ph­a­sit were pre­vi­ously charged along with five oth­ers in a sim­i­lar case for al­legedly si­phon­ing off more than 500 mil­lion baht from the univer­sity’s ac­counts be­tween June 25 and Nov 12, 2012.

Both were granted bail while Mr Khongrit was a wit­ness in the case.

Pol Col Thongchai said the CSD found that the five oth­ers, be­ing de­tained at Min Buri Spe­cial Prison, were also in­volved in em­bez­zling the 689 mil­lion baht along with the three who were ar­rested.

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