Thai ex-civil servant found very rich

2014-02-01 05:30


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Bangkok - A Thai court has ordered more than $1.4m in assets seized from a former top civil servant whose wealth was revealed when burglars robbed his house.

The Civil Court said on Friday that former Transport Ministry Permanent Secretary Supoj Saplom could not prove his wealth was honestly earned. It said his civil servant's salary from 1978 until 2002 could not account for it.

Supoj had reported to police that $156 000 was missing after a burglary at his home in 2011. But when the burglars were caught, they confessed to stealing $570 000 in cash and gold. Prosecutors found Supoj had about $2m in assets, $1.4m presumed ill-gotten by the court.

Supoj claimed that part of his fortune was earned before he joined the government and some belonged to relatives.

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