Surin monk accused of B56m fraud
- Published: 16/07/2013 at 06:08 PM
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Villagers have pressed charges against an abbot and a nun at Pa Sri Pracha monastery in Surin's Sikhoraphum district, accusing them of swindling them of cash and assets totalling 56.6 million baht.
According to the victims, Phra Baideegasamai Titseelo, and his companion Pang Tarjarawat, convinced 65 townspeople to lend the temple cash and valuables for the construction of a sanctuary and a golden Buddha image within the monastery grounds, promising to repay everything they borrowed within six months.
But the monk did not show up when it was time to return what he owed. That was three years ago
None of the 65 villagers had yet received any of their money or assets back. The sanctuary and the Buddha statue were also not built.
About 50 villagers on Monday went to Sikhoraphum police station to file their complaint.
Paweenut Nawongsri, 52, said Phra Baideegasamai asked to borrow her six-baht-weight gold necklace to pawn for cash for the purchase of construction equipment.
She lent it to him because she had faith in the abbot. Three years had past since then and she still she does not have her necklace back.
Wanjai Pimtan, 37, a construction-store owner, told police that Pa Sri Pracha monastery ordered building materials worth over 900,000 baht about two years ago. The monastery still owes her the money, she said.
The townspeople have also filed a complaint to Surin’s Office of Buddhism and the Department of Special Investigation.
The villagers demanded authorities look into the bank accounts of Phra Baideegasamai and Ms Pang.
Pol Lt col Sompong Gaenjak, a Sikhorarphum police inspector, said the police had questioned all the victims and began the investigation.
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