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Monk suspected of running off with 70,000 baht in donations

Tanutam Thawan

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A 64 year old monk in the Isaan province Buri Ram is suspected of running off with 70,000 baht in donations made to the temple. The monk, as well as the thousands of baht in cash, have been missing for the past week.

The abbot of a temple in the Nangrong district had made a request with the temple committee one morning before he went off for his daily routine. He had asked to withdraw the money to pay workers to build a new crematorium. On April 28, the monk received 70,000 baht in donations and then told the committee he had to visit a doctor at a local hospital. The monk left the temple grounds, allegedly taking the donation money with him. No one has seen the monk since he left the temple.

In a separate case, 3 Buddhist nuns at a meditation centre in the Isaan region were arrested for allegedly scamming more than 400 people, promising high returns for those who invested in a fund for the poor. Victims of the alleged scam claim the nuns took off with a total of around 10 million baht.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    A 64 year old monk in a long orange dress, running off with B70.000! Difficult. Can anyone run in those long orange dresses?
    Naw he slid away like a Thai snake, and at this very moment might be hiding out in a five star hotel with Somsee from the Big Boy Go Go bar.

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    James R

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    How are monks paid anyway ?

    I was in Rayong in 2019 and was in a long queue waiting to pay in a 7/11 shop, I looked over and saw a monk in his bright orange robe wearing the basket used for donations in the next queue.

    Everyone allowed him to go to the front of the queue, he looked a bit embarrassed when he said “Krong Thip ning clap” rather sheepishly. (cigarettes).

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    “How are monks paid anyway ?”

    They’re not “paid”. If anyone wants to give them money, they can. Some will take it, some refuse to touch money.

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    That sort of money won’t buy him a life.of luxury for very long.
    Expect it will turn out to be some sort of misunderstanding when he slopes back through a monestary door in a few weeks time broke.

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    James R

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Simon Small aka Issan John

    So he used the collected money meant for all the monks in the group and bough fags with them, no wonder he looked sheepish.

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4:53 am

    Well done James R, I have been waiting for someone else too pick that up..

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    Alan

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:09 am

    Always an interesting read when the keepers of the spiritual treasure make off with the material loot. It’s a test.

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