Sorayuth to be indicted for embezzlement

Sorayuth to be indicted for embezzlement

Public prosecutors have decided to indict popular Channel 3 news anchor Sorayuth Suthassanachinda for embezzlement, in which his company Rai Som Co allegedly cheated the Mass Communications Organisation of Thailand (Mcot) out of 138 million baht in advertising revenue.

Sorayuth Suthassanachinda: Charged with embezzlement

The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) on Wednesday decided the evidence in the case substantiated the charge.

Prosecuters resolved to arraign Mr Sorayuth, Pichapa Iamsa-ard, an Mcot employee, Montha Theeradet, a director of Rai Som, and Rao Som Co, OAG spokesman Wanchai Rujanawong told a press conference.

Mr Sorayuth allegedly embezzled 138 million baht in shared advertising revenue from his former employer Mcot Plc, operator of state-owned  Channel 9, marketed as Modernine TV.

He also allegedly paid Mrs Pichapa, who was tasked with recording commercials at Mcot, to conceal the record of actual income while he and Rai Som Co were contracted to produce two programmes broadcast almost 10 years ago.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) said in 2012 it had found evidence of wrongdoing by Mr Sorayuth and forwarded the case to the OAG.

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