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Police swoop on temple fraud suspects in Nakhon Pathom and Nonthaburi provinces

Police from the Counter Corruption Division (CCD) on Thursday (Sept 21) swooped on 14 places in 7 provinces to meet former religious officials and people suspected to have involvement in swindling about 60 millions baht of state budget earnmarked for monastic activities of temples nationwide.

One of the 14 places is the residence of the former director the National Office of Buddhism Mr Phanom Sornsilpa in Samphran district of Nakhon Pathom.

The swoop by Central Investigation Bureau’s CCD police is aimed at finding more evidence to prosecute him in the fraud of temple funds.

The CCD police displayed Mr Phanom court’s search warrant before entering his residence.

CCD police said he faces two charges, abusing authority, and corruption of state budget.

CCD commander Pol Maj Gen Kamol Rienracha said the police showed him the warrant for the two charges and whatever he would say to defend was up to him.

CCD police also swooped on the house of another former director Nopparat Benjawatananant in Bang Buathong district of Nonthaburi province.

A steel safe was also confiscated for examination.

Thai PBS

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