The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission has found embezzlement of funds for the destitute and the poor at seven more welfare centers, involving more than 41 million baht, PACC assistant secretary-general Wannop Somjintanakul said on Monday (June 25).
Pol Lt Col Wannop said the embezzle has been found in the third round of investigation of fraud being carried out at 28 welfare centers.
In the investigation of the first seven welfare centers, the PACC found a total of 41.4 million baht had been stolen from the funds intended for the destitute and the poor.
The seven centers are the highland people development center in Phetchaburi; the highland people development center in Phrae; the highland people development center in Ratchaburi; the Lam Dom Yai self-help settlement in Ubon Ratchathani; the Thai Muang self-help settlement in Phangnga; the Rattaphum self-help settlement in Songkhla; and, the Betong self-help settlement in Yala.
The investigation of fraud will be carried out at the 21 other centers.
During the past five months, the PACC conducted the fraud investigation at 113 centers in 76 provinces which were provided with a total budget of 376.1 million baht.
The PACC found the corrupt practice in 68 provinces, involving 284 officials of the Social Development and Welfare Department of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.
No embezzlement of the welfare funds was found in eight provinces — Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nonthaburi, Phrae, Nakhon Sawan, Sukhothai, and Uttaradit.