Foundation chaired by Boonchai’s sister implicated in KCUC embezzlement probe
An ongoing probe into embezzlement at the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC) has now implicated a |foundation chaired by billionaire Boonchai Bencharongkul’s younger sister.
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has |summoned Boonchai’s sibling Wanna Chirakiti several times in her capacity as the chair of the Khun Yay Maha Ratana Upasika Chandra Khonnokyoong Foundation.
The foundation is under the patronage of Phra Dhammachayo, the controversial monk who is facing an arrest warrant on money-laundering charges. He and related people have been accused of accepting ill-gotten money from Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, who has been jailed for stealing |billions of baht from the Klongchan cooperative.
“The foundation has constructed facilities for the temple using the latter’s money,” Kachornsak Buddhanuparp, a |special prosecutor from the Office of Attorney-General, said yesterday. “But the problem is that much of the temple’s money is illegally swindled out of the KCUC.”
Kachornsak said that all suspects implicated by the |evidence would be prosecuted. But he was also quick to add that to date there has been no evidence that Boonchai was involved in alleged money-laundering.
Supachai’s scandal has already implicated several prominent figures. Property tycoon Anant Asavabhokhin has been charged in connection with alleged money-laundering because of suspicious land deals involving Supachai and the Dhammakaya Temple. Lately, Bannapot Damapong – the brother of Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra – has also been investigated over similar land deals. Kachornsak said yesterday that officials had received evidence of financial movements among suspects involved in the foundation.
“Overall, we have more than 70 per cent of the evidence needed for our investigation report. The rest is evidence to identify relationship links between suspects,” he said.
Kachornsak spoke up after emerging from a meeting with the DSI.