DSI to charge PCC with fraud
- Published: 4/03/2013 at 03:42 PM
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The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will bring fraud charges against PCC Development and Construction Co (PCC) after receiving complaints from 20 companies subcontracted by PCC to build police stations nationwide, Pol Lt-Col Thawal Mangkhang, a special cases specialist said on Monday.
PCC was awarded a controversial contract by the Royal Thai Police Office (RTPO) for 396 police station buildings in all nine provincial police regions.
The firm is alleged to have subcontracted other companies to do the work in violation of the contract, and the construction projects were left largely unfinished and abandoned.
Pol Lt-Col Thawal said 20 of the subcontractors had filed a complaint against PCC with the DSI, alleged they had been cheated.
The DSI would therefore file 20 separate fraud charges against PCC. The charge carries a maximum three- year prison sentence in each case.
He did not say when the DSI would file the cases against PCC.
Pol Lt-Col Thawal said the DSI would wait to see whether the RTPO decides to extend or terminate the contract with PCC when it expires on March 14.
If the RTPO terminates the contract, the DSI would charge PCC with violating the bidding price-collusion law, because it made an unusually low bid and was then unable to complete the project, he said.
DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said three PCC executives - Piboon Udomsithikul, Wissanu Wisetsing and Jaturong Udonsithikul - were to report to DSI investigators to acknowledge the fraud charges on Thursday, March 7 at 9.30am.
As for the bidding price-collusion case, the DSI would submit a summary investigation report along with related documents to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for consideration on Wednesday, he said.
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- Writer: King-oua Laohong