Local officials in Chonburi arrested after allegedly taking an 80,000 baht bribe for approval of construction improvement projects

Chonburi –

The chief executive of the Nong Hong sub-district office and the head of engineering for the same sub-district were arrested this week by Thai anti-corruption police for allegedly taking bribes for a building construction improvement project.

Mr. Payon, 67, the chief executive of the Nong Hong sub-district office in the Pan Thong district, and Mr. Boonmee, 51, the head of engineering in the same sub-district, were arrested and accused of taking bribes earlier this week by the Thai Anti-Corruption Division Police (ACDP). Their full names were not given by relevant police agencies.

The arrest came after the individual seeking permission for the construction modification project filed a complaint report to the Anti-Corruption Division Police (ACDP). The complainant was not named by the ACDP.

The complainant told ACDP that the chief executive, Mr. Payon, allegedly asked for 100,000 baht to approve a modification document for the building project in question.

The complainant managed to negotiate down to 80,000 baht as the complainant told them he had already made everything legal in the building contract and the terms and conditions per Thai law were correct. The suspects allegedly told the victim that regardless of the legal contract everyone must pay for final approval. This prompted the negotiation and complaint to the ACDP.

Anti Corruption Division Police proceeded to conduct a sting operation in which the complainant managed to allegedly record video evidence of the bribe being asked for and accepted, including passing cash to the suspects.

Both suspects were taken to a nearby police station for further investigation and legal action. It was not immediately stated by Anti Corruption Division Police if the suspects would lose their positions for the alleged act. The suspects did not release an immediate statement in regards to the situation or how they planned to plea.

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