DSI submits list of 110 officials to graft buster for probe in supercar tax evasion scam

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has submitted a list of 110 state officials to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for probe after finding them responsible for customs documentation clearance of the 122 supercars impounded from several car importers in Bangkok and Samut Prakan on Thursday and yesterday for suspected import tax avoidance.

The supercars impounded include famous brands such as Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren, Pagani, Ferrari, Hummer, and Koenigsegg.

DSI said over 10 billion baht in tax was avoided a year from such false declaration of actual car prices by these unscrupulous importers.

The 110 names of state officials comprise both high ranking officials at executive level and low ranking officials.

According to the DSI, the impounding of these supercars came from several years of investigation into an incident in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima in May 2013 when several supercars were damaged in a mystery fire while these cars were on the way to deliver to customers in Sisaket province.

Trailing of these cars back to Bangkok showed they were delivered by some of these car importers raided yesterday by DSI.

DSI found these importers have exploited loopholes on the customs law to evade tax. They forged prices in the invoices to under-declare the actual prices from the manufacturers.

DSI deputy director general Korawat Panpraphakorn cited an example of a supercar of which the original price at factory was 200,000 Euro but was changed to 100,000 US dollars so as to pay lower taxes.

He declined comment when asked why customs officials didn't have information on pricing data from manufacturers, saying he could not get interfered in their works.

All the names were in the hands of the NACC to look into any collusion, he said.

At the same time deputy permanent secretary for justice, Pol Col Dusadee Arayawut said there were collusions between companies and state officials.

So they would be held responsible for the missing taxes.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)