The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC)'s probe into corruption at the protection centres for the destitutes has found irregularities at at least 24 centres nationwide.
PACC assistant secretary-general Pol Lt Col Wannop Somjintanakul said PACC officials detected irregularities in 10 more provinces in addition to 14 provinces where corruption was earlier detected.
The 24 provinces are:
He said authorities have questioned recipients of the cash fund and found some were not qualified to receive the fund.
A 10-million-baht fund was allocated to each centre to hand over to the underprivileged.
Meanwhile Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta recommended people whose names were forged to claim the cash aids to file complaints with the police to confirm that they were not involved in the corruption.
This was to avoid legal consequence in case these corruption cases go to the court.
Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Surat Thani, Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Trat, Roi Et, Udon Thani, Nan, Sa Kaeo, Krabi, Trang, Yala, Songkhla, Narathiwat, Phattalung, Chumphon, Buri Ram, Surin, Ang Thong, Phitsanulok, Chaiyaphum.
Initial probe found staff at these protection centres allegedly involve with document forgery and misappropriation of cash aids aimed from the recipients, Pol Col Wannop said.
Recipients on the list were given either partial aid or did not receive the money at all. Some were not qualified to receive the financial aid but their names were on the recipient list.
Pol Col Wannop said investigators would submit initinal finding to the PACC board for consideration and for setting up sub-committees to proceed with further investigation to identify the wrongdoers.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)