Ex-revenue official to be indicted for amassing 600 million baht in ill-gotten wealth

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The National Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to press charges against a former senior revenue official for allegedly amassing almost 600 million baht of ill-gotten wealth.

Ms Supa Piyachitti, a member of the anti-graft agency, said Tuesday that the NACC had decided to submit the case against Mr Suwat Charumaneerote, a former revenue official attached to the 27th revenue office in Bangkok, to the Office of Attorney-General, with a recommendation that his ill-gotten assets should be seized.

She said anti-graft investigators had found out that Mr Suwat had received bribes from exporters in exchange for his services to claim VAT refunds for them causing serious damages to the state.

She disclosed that the ill-gotten gains earned from the exporters were hidden in several bank accounts of Mr Suwat, his family members, close relatives and some legal entities and were used to invest in real estate and the stock market.

The ill-gotten assets are already frozen by an order of the NACC but they are yet to be confiscated pending a court’s order.

Besides Mr Suwat the prime suspect, Ms Supa said that the probe team would dig deeper to find out who else were implicated in the fraud to seal from the Revenue Department.