Social security official faces embezzlement charges for stealing money from insureds

An official of the Social Security Office in Din Daeng is facing disciplinary action and criminal charges after he was found to have embezzled money sent by a group of elderly people to the Savings Fund for the Elderly.

Deputy labour permanent secretary Mrs Petcharat Sin-ouey said Monday that Labour Minister Adul Saengsingkaew had instructed that all the victims be fully refunded and that the Social Security Office must revamp financial system to plug loopholes so that similar incident must not be repeated.

The official whose name was not disclosed allegedly tampered with the money orders supposedly to be given to the Savings Fund contributors, cashed them at postal offices and pocketed the money. The alleged embezzlement took place last year, but it was exposed when the affected contributors lodged complaints with the Social Security Office that they had not received their monthly pay.

A fact-finding panel was set up in July to investigate the case which was eventually proven to be founded. A disciplinary probe was launched in October 24.

Social Security Office secretary-general Dr Suradet Walee-itthhikul, meanwhile, assured that all the insured who made contributions to the Savings Fund would be taken good care of and their money would be safe.

As a ground rule, he said that all officials were not allowed to touch the money of the insureds. But in this particular case, he said the official tampered with the money orders to be sent to the insureds.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)


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