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Chonburi court hands out 12 years in prison for thieving daughter

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Chonburi court hands out 12 years in prison for thieving daughter

A 55-year-old woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for stealing more than 253 million baht from her 84-year-old mother’s bank and investment accounts.

The mother was being treated at a hospital for a heart condition at the time of the theft.

Daughter Mawadi Siwirat was found guilty on six counts in connection with stealing money from Huay Siwirat, her mother, on several occasions.

Although the daughter had no history of imprisonment, the 12-year sentence was not reduced because the crime was considered serious.

On February 4 last year, Ananchai Chaiyadet, a lawyer representing Huay, along with Mintra Siwirat, Huay’s grandchild, filed a petition with the Anti-Money Laundering Bureau (Amlo) to investigate transactions in Siwirat’s accounts.

Six other Thais were also named as suspects in the same petition accusing them of money laundering, theft and embezzlement.

Attorney Ananchai said that Khun Huay normally signed her name when she took money from her accounts, while the suspicious money transfers from the accounts used her fingerprints instead.

The elderly mother did not know who was behind the suspicious transactions until she lodged a complaint with the police at the Udom Suk Police Station.

Police later discovered that her daughter and a number of bank employees were involved in the transactions, the lawyer said.

The police have since stated that all the money had been concealed by her daughter, Khun Huay’s lawyer said, referring to the police investigation.

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