Subcontractor files case against PCC

A company subcontracted to build five police stations on Thursday filed a petition with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) against PCC Development and Construction Co (PCC), accusing it of fraud.

The petition was filed on behalf of S.L. Development and Construction Co by Kornpat Paiboonsirikul, a construction engineer, with Pol Lt-Col Thawal Mangkhang, the DSI's special cases specialist.

Mr Kornpat said S.L. Development and Construction was subcontracted by PCC on July 8, 2011 to build one large police station and four small ones. The median price set for the large station was 19.2  million baht and for the small ones between 5.5 million and 5.8 million baht.

The company expected to make a profit of at least eight million baht.

But from thorough examination of the blueprints by engineers, the company found that the large station would cost 26 million baht, not 19.2 million baht, to complete and the smaller ones seven million baht each.

From this finding, his company believed the prices under the subcontract were much lower than the actual costs, showing fraudulence on the part of PCC.

Mr Kornpat said he suspected PCC had no intention of completing the project from the beginning, but wanted to put the blame on subcontractors.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdit said he was not worried by a defamation lawsuit filed by former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban, adding that he would continue to pursue the case based on the evidence.

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