By Wichit Meesawas
The corruption was exposed when the man who offered the bribe, Wuttipong Sangkawan, himself reported it to the government.
“I need to speak up and ask for help because I have not got a job after waiting for about one year,” Wuttipong said on Wednesday.
He submitted evidence of bribery, which includes an audio clip and payment records, to the chief of Ubon Ratchathani’s Trakan Phutphon district.
The Tambon Kham Pia Administrative Organisation in Ubon Ratchathani province is headed by Prayad Lamom, who has been accused of receiving the bribe.
Wichai Duangkaew, the head the government’s complaint receiving centre in Ubon Ratchathani, summoned Prayad and Wuttipong to his office on Wednesday.
During the meeting, Prayad reportedly admitted to taking the bribe, and offered to repay Wuttipong in full.
Prayad handed over Bt135,000 to Wuttipong during the meeting and signed a contract to return Bt1450,000 on May 30.
“We will launch a disciplinary probe against Prayad,” Wichai said.