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Wat Saket’s ex-abbot jailed three years for money laundering

By The Nation

 

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Thongchai Sukko

 

Thongchai Sukko, the former abbot of Wat Saket in Bangkok and a former member of the Sangha Supreme Council who was known as Pha Kru Dhammasitit until he was defrocked, has been jailed for 36 months and fined Bt27,000.

 

The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct on Wednesday (February 19) found Thongchai and four others guilty of possessing and concealing ill-gotten gains and negligence in duty causing harm to others.

 

The crime boiled down to money laundering, with the abbot submitting inflated expense accounts for temple projects and then splitting the proceeds skimmed off the top with the others, who had approval privileges.

 

Phanom Sornsilp, 60, former chief of the National Buddhism Office, was sentenced to the legal equivalent of two years and 12 months in prison, two others to three years and 18 months.

 

The last defendant was given a two-year suspended sentence based on his service to Buddhism and previously clean criminal record.

 

Four of the accused had been in jail since their arrest last year, but Thongchai was granted bail on a bond of Bt2.5 million.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382419?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral

 

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What a simple man in the street would thing seeing how rort graft and corruption infesting in the highest echelon of the Buddhist institution who suppose to be amoral compass to others...

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Once again the punishment does not enforce any kind of deterrent for others to follow suit, also who knows for how many years this has been going on.....!!!

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

was sentenced to the legal equivalent of two years and 12 months in prison

I don't understand this, maybe they mean 3 years? No, too easy...

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

sentenced to the legal equivalent of two years and 12 months in prison,

What does that actually mean? Is it three years? What is the "legal equivalent"? A wai perhaps, or a brown envelope?

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Bet the sticky fingers fiddling abbot was the fall guy thats why no money amount has been mentioned and probably re-embezzled by now🤔

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1 hour ago, justin case said:

when even the religion cannot set a clear example...

The Lord Buddha must be weeping - and as an ex-member of the Sangha this sullies its reputation too,

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

The crime boiled down to money laundering, with the abbot submitting inflated expense accounts for temple projects and then splitting the proceeds skimmed off the top with the others, who had approval privileges.

Isn't that just plain and simple fraud rather than money-laundering?

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"the legal equivalent of two years and 12 months in prison,"

... curious as to what that would be :blink:

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