AMLO impounds assets of property baron’s daughter

The Anti Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has impounded the assets of a businesswoman daughter of property Baron Anant Asavabhokin after finding her occupying eight plots of land at Dhammakaya temple ground which was sold to her by the former president of Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative, now in prison for several counts of fraud and embezzlement charges.

The AMLO's working committee on financial transactions has ruled that the eight plots of land sold to Anant's daughter Ms Alisa Asavabhokin by Mr Supachai Srisupa-aksorn, former president of the Klongchan savings cooperative, at 298 million baht was unusual.

The finding of AMLO revealed that Supachai used the money he embezzled from the savings cooperative to buy the land just before he was arrested and charged for the massive fraud that inflicted damages worth over 11 billion baht to members, mostly retired state officials, employees.

The buying of land was considered a money laundering to avoid tracking by authorities.

AMLO said Ms Alisa holds ownership of the disputed land on her father's behalf.

Anant was said to be a strong advocate of the fugitive Dhammachayo, former abbot of Wat Dhammakaya, who is wanted by the Department of Special Investigation on several charges in connection with the Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative fraud, and national park encroachment.

The land was later permitted by Ms Alisa to use by the temple's foundation, for the construction of the Boonraksa building to treat and care sick monks. It is located within the huge 2,000 rai compound of Dhammakaya temple.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)