Burglars find massive cash stash at Transport secretary’s home

A break-in robbery at Transport Ministry permanent secretary Supoj Saplom’s house led to the discovery of nearly THB1 billion in cash, and now a corruption investigation is underway.

Supoj called the police and said that 12 million baht had been stolen from his house in Lat Phrao on Nov. 11, the Bangkok Post reported.

Two of the suspected burglars – Singthong Jaichuenchom 44, and Saokaew Namwong, 59 – were apprehended on Nov. 17 and confessed that they had stolen more than THB200 million in cash, according to the Bangkok Post.

Singthong told the police that a total of six men had robbed the house and that they had found between THB700 million and THB1 billion in cash in the house.

Police Major General Winai Thongsong, chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said that CCTV videos of the robbery showed the group leaving the house with large bags, indicating that a large amount of cash had been stolen.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission(NACC) has mounted an investigation into why Supoj had such a massiveamount of cash, and he has been transferred to an inactive position.

Supoj said that the cash was from a wedding dowry for his daughter.

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