Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (5 April 2022)
A man now charged with embezzlement of an estimated 190 Million baht from a fund set up to renovate temples, and managed by an aging abbot, who has since died, has denied all charges claiming instead that the money was a gift. With reports that he had persuaded the dying abbot to sign blank transfer slips, and an approval to transfer phone details associated with the account to the arrested man’s own phone, his arrest saw police seize a fleet of supercars along with bank accounts. As abbot, the now deceased was in charge of the funds collected from donations for temple upgrades and renovations. Police are far from convinced of the gift claim of 190 million baht and Thai media are also linking the arrestee with the disappearance of some 90 million from two temple projects in Trat.
Keeping business, albeit an illegal one, in the family, a 53 yr old man in Songkhla has been caught transporting a third of a ton of crystal meth in a pickup. When interrogated by police he told them that he was working now, for his son in law who had run away to Laos ahead of the issuance of 5 warrants for THEIR arrest.
And in a separate investigation, a Thai Cambodia group is being questioned as to their involvement in shipments of drugs to Australia. 1.4 billion bahts worth of illegal drugs was shipped by air to Melbourne back in February, discovered there by immigration and customs teams. The investigation expanded after it was found that a so called innocent small company owner, took payment to handle the export from Nakhon Si Thammarat and as such were named as the exporters. They told police that they had done the deal on line, not been involved really in any way in the export but been paid well for the use f their company details.
Pattaya’s third road has now become chaos toward the north end as continued cable burying is seeing traffic reduced to single lane. The cable burying project has been ongoing for several years but, we are told, will continue to cause traffic issues as the project is far from completed.
Residents and businesses towards bang saray and beyond are complaining that the slow advance of road works on the Sukhumvit have now seen miles of the main artery reduced to single lane and multiple delays. Many visitors, we are told, are avoiding the area as sluggish traffic on the busy road is less than popular with drivers.
Diesel vehicle owners are reminded to choose pumps carefully when tanking up. Regular diesel is usually represented by black labeling but more and more pump attendants are directing drivers to those marked super or bio.. the difference? Well regular diesel is capped at just under 30 baht a litre, other types are a free for all based on supply prices and can add to the cost of a full tank considerably.
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