Official in Potjaman tax case reinstated
- Published: 18/09/2013 at 11:03 AM
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A Revenue Department official dismissed from government service after being charged with malfeasance for failing to collect 270 million baht in taxes in the 1997 Shin Corp share transfer case has been reinstated by an order issued by finance permanent secretary Areepong Bhoocha-oom.
The urgent order, dated Sept 13, is for Moreerat Boonyasiri, 53, a former C-8 official of the Revenue Department, to be reinstated as director attached to the Central Division of the department receiving a monthly salary of 47,850 baht, with retroactive effect to Dec 29, 2006.
Ms Moreerat is also entitled to a monthly position allowance of 10,000 baht and monthly subsistence allowance of 10,000 baht retroactively.
On Aug 15, 2007, public prosecutors charged Sirote Sawasdipanich, a former Revenue Department chief, and four officials including Ms Moreetat with malfeasance and exempting tax in the transfer of 4.5 million shares of Shinawatra Computer and Communication Plc worth 738 million baht by Khunying Potjaman na Pombejra, then wife of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, to her stepbrother Bannapot Damapong in 1997.
The transfer cost the state 270 million baht in lost taxes, the prosecutors alleged.
The shares were held in the name of Duangta Wongpakdi, the Shinawatra family's housekeeper.
On Feb 26, 2009, the Criminal Court acquitted the five on malfeasance charges, saying there was no evidence they intentionally tried to help Khunying Potjaman and Mr Bannapot evade taxes. The court said the five were not responsible for collecting taxes as they were neither tax inspectors nor tax appeal officials.
The Appeals Court on Sept 18, 2012 upheld the Criminal Court's judgement.
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