AN embezzlement-hit financial cooperative is seeking additional evidence from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to back its demand that Dhammakaya Temple return more allegedly embezzled funds it received as donations.
The Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative discovered that its former chief Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, who is now serving a jail term for embezzlement, channelled massive sums to the temple, its abbot Phra Dhammachayo, and related monks or foundations.
Since the scandal broke, the temple’s followers have returned Bt704 million to the cooperative and issued advance cheques for Bt350 million.
“But that’s based on evidence that the temple’s network received about Bt1.05 billion from the cooperative,” Prakit Pilangkasa, chair of the cooperative’s committee on debt management, said Tuesday. “However, according to the DSI investigation, the temple’s network received Bt1.45 billion.”
He visited DSI headquarters yesterday to seek evidence about seven other cheques that Supachai allegedly gave to Dhammakaya Temple and its network.