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116 suspects in Thailand prosecuted for ‘stealing money’ from a government program

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Yesterday morning, 116 suspects were arraigned at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) headquarters in Bangkok, allegedly defrauding the government’s “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together) plan.

Lieutenant General Chayapol Chatchaiyadech, Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police said the 116 suspects were located after the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) filed a complaint with the CSD.

The suspects are said to have collaborated with tourist agencies to wrongly press subsidy money. In Phuket and Chaiyaphum alone, the government has lost nearly 100 million baht to such fraudsters.

Lieutenant Chayapol said TAT has reported that some 1,000 people are involved in fraud that has cost the country more than 1 billion baht. Several detectives have since been deployed to verify the cases.

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