Krabi official caught demanding one hundred,000 baht payment for lodge license renewal

The Provincial Governor of Krabi eliminated the Permanent Secretary of the Mueang Krabi district from her place after she was accused of demanding one hundred,000 baht from a lodge in the province in exchange for an operating license.
The Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) reported to information agencies that the commission acquired a grievance from the owner of a lodge within the Ao Nang sub-district. The lodge had been unable to acquire the necessary permit and operating license, despite having submitted all the required paperwork a number of months before.
The resort proprietor explained to the police that he submitted the necessary documents for the license renewal and sought approval for added rooms but didn’t receive the permits after several months handed.
In May, the accused official, 42 yr outdated Thikaporn Kongmuen, contacted the resort and knowledgeable that the resort that it wanted to pay a hundred,00 baht in exchange for the license. Thikaporn informed the lodge owner to hand the money directly to her, in any other case, she would not submit the documents to the higher-ranking officer. The lodge owner refused and filed a grievance with the PACC.
PACC officers collaborated with the resort owner to create a plan to catch Thikaporn in the act. Off-limits lured Thikaporn to meet him at a coffee shop yesterday, June 14. After Thikaporn acquired the cash, PACC officers revealed themselves and apprehended Thikaporn who insisted on her innocence.
Krabi Governor Passakorn Boonlak advised ThaiRath that Thikaporn can be transferred to the Krabi Department of Provincial Administration whereas the case undergoes investigation. A particular committee can be established to work on the case.
Passakorn underlined that corruption in Krabi was an important concern for him. He was not convinced by the suspected official’s denial. He also assured the common public that the investigation could be conducted transparently..

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