Monday, April 19, 2021

Thailand’s ex-permanent secretary facing embezzlement charge found dead

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A former Social Development and Human Security Ministry permanent secretary who was being investigated for allegedly embezzling Bt88 million was found dead at his home on Friday morning in what is believed to be a suicide.

The body of Putthipat Lertchaosit, 60, was found at 9am in his bed at his home in Muang Pathum Thani, his wife unconscious beside him.

She was taken to Pathum Thani Hospital.

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On the bedside table were a glass of wine, two bottles of drinking water and a milk bottle.

The Anti-Money Laundering Office had charged Putthipat with embezzling Bt88 million in state funds that was intended for poor and homeless people and laundering the money by buying various assets.

Putthipat, along with a ministry deputy and inspector general, was sacked by Cabinet resolution in April. He’d initially been transferred to an inactive post at the Prime Minister’s Office.

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