The embattled jet-setting monk, widely known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, bought 22 Mercedes-Benz cars between 2009 and 2011, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director-general Tarit Pengdith said on Wednesday.
The DSI chief said Pol Lt Col Korrawat Panprapakorn, director of the Bureau of Regional Operations Centre, travelled to Ubon Ratchathani, the home province of Luang Pu Nen Kham, and found out that the controversial monk spent 95 million baht on the purchase of 22 luxury cars from the provincial Mercedes-Benz service centre.
Mr Tarit said Luang Pu Nen Kham, whose official name is Phra Wirapol Sukphol, owned 21 of those Mercedes. The other car, an S300 model valued at 7.59 million baht, was given to Pansang Chumang, a pupil of Phra Wirapol.
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