DSI probes post office construction projects for price collusion

DSI probes post office construction projects for price collusion

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has seized evidence related to alleged price collusion involving post office building construction projects in various provinces.

The evidence was confiscated during a search of four premises in three northeastern provinces of Buri Ram, Udon Thani and Si Sa Ket on Friday.

Joining DSI investigators were officials from the Central Institute of Forensic Science.

The search was part of the DSI's probe into alleged price collusion involving the projects in various provinces valued at 67.7 million baht.

The anti-price collusion law is aimed at stamping out corruption and price collusion and improving procurement transparency in the public sector.

The department said it launched the probe after receiving a tip-off from the private sector that the e-bidding process to find the contractors for the projects was possibly rigged.

The bid winners had the contact information of other potential bidders and they were always the last to submit bids, which were a bit lower than those offered by the competitors, they said.

The initial findings showed signs of price collusion, so the DSI obtained search warrants from the Criminal Court.

Seized were documents on construction projects, bank accounts showing more than 200 million baht in transactions, a list of alleged collaborators in the price collusion scandal and payment receipts.

The DSI said it would expand the probe to determine if there were other parties involved.

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