Deputy head of Thailand’s corruption watchdog fired for being ‘unusually wealthy’
Deputy secretary-general of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Prayad Puangchampa, was dismissed from service today (Monday), after he was found to be unusually wealthy by amassing 658 million baht in assets, many of which are being kept abroad.
NACC Chairman Pol Gen Watcharaphol Prasarnratchakit signed an order dismissing Prayad from government service today. The NACC also agreed that his assets should be confiscated and become state property.
The NACC faulted Prayad for allegedly deliberately concealing his assets by providing false statements about six of them when he assumed the post as deputy secretary-general on January 4th, 2017.
The assets he allegedly attempted to conceal include six items, worth about two million baht, in the country and under the name of his spouse Thanipa, and four other items located abroad since 2019, worth about 225 million baht.
The NACC’s findings and its decision have been submitted to the Office of the Attorney-General, for them to proceed with the case to the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases, with the recommendation that any ill-gotten assets be confiscated.