University staffer accused of embezzling students' tuition fees

University staffer accused of embezzling students' tuition fees

Crime Suppression Division police with Teerapat Puangwijit (seated), arrested for the alleged  embezzlement of 600,000 baht from university students paying tuition fees. (Police photo)
Crime Suppression Division police with Teerapat Puangwijit (seated), arrested for the alleged embezzlement of 600,000 baht from university students paying tuition fees. (Police photo)

A former university official was arrested in Min Buri district on Thursday for allegedly embezzling about 600,000 baht from university students who entrusted him to pay their tuition fees.

Pol Col Neti Wongkularb,  superintendant of the Crime Suppression Division, said Teerapat Puangwijit, 42,  was taken into custody on Serithai Road by police executing arrest warrants.

The superintendent said that in March last year Mr Teerapat was secretary to the director of a university and was tasked with collecting overdue tuition fees from students.

Pol Col Neti said students either transferred money to Mr Teerapat or gave him cash, expecting him to  lodge the payments on their behalf. Instead, the suspect allegedly kept about 600,000 baht for his own use and resigned from his job.

Waiting for the payments, the management eventually learned from the students that they had paid through Mr Teerapat.

The students filed complaints at Udomsuk police station in Bangkok. Mr Teerapat did not answer the police summonses to acknowledge the charges, and 37 warrants were issued for his arrest.

According to Pol Col Neti, Mr Teerapat confessed and said he spent the embezzled money on entertainment and gambling.


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