Ex-chief of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperatives slapped with money laundering charge

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The Department of Special Investigation on Tuesday lodged an additional charge of money laundering against the former chairman of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperatives in connection with the money that he arbitrarily donated to Wat Dhammakaya.

DSI deputy director-general Pol Lt-Col Somboon Sarasith together with Mr Kachornsak Putthanuparb, a special public prosecutor and a team of police enquiry officers went to Bangkwang maximum security prison in Nonthaburi to notify Mr Supachai Srisupa-aksorn of the money laundering charge for his acknowledgement.

The additional charge against the former chairman of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperatives was in correspondence with similar charge that the DSI is to file against Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Dhammakaya.

The embattled abbot of Wat Dhammakaya is yet to acknowledge the money laundering and receiving stolen object charges against him claiming that he is too sick to travel to the DSI to acknowledge the charges. He has wanted the DSI enquiry officers to go to the temple to notify him of the charges for his acknowledgement.

Earlier, Mr Supachai and other officials of the cooperatives were charged with misappropriation for stealing about 22 million baht from the cooperatives. He was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment by the Criminal Court.’