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Around 9,000 people to face charges for allegedly defrauding travel subsidy scheme

Caitlin Ashworth




Around 9,000 people will face criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the “We Travel Together” subsidy scheme which was launched to stimulate the economy and to help hotels and restaurants that were struggling after the lack of travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk says the police plan to prosecute around 9,000 people for conspiring with hotel operators and shop owners to cheat the government subsidy scheme. The scheme, launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, covered 40% of room rates and issued 600 baht and 900 baht food vouchers for food and travel.

Lower rates on rooms were intended to draw in more travellers, but a number of hoteliers allegedly raised their prices to get more subsidies. Some even created fake hotel bookings. Last month, TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn filed a complaint against 312 hotels and 202 shops for allegedly cheating the scheme, saying legal action needed to be taken before the launching the second phase of the scheme.

Yesterday, police arrested 50 people in raids in Chiayaphum and Phuket for allegedly cheating the scheme. Police say some suspects faked shopping receipts and inflated room rates.

Natchaya Resort in Chaiyaphum was raided by police after it made excessive room reservations and subsidy claims for unusually high spending at local shops.

Deputy commander for the Crime Suppression Division, Anek Taosupap, says Natchaya Resort has only 10 rooms, but since July, records show 9,263 people had checked in for a total of 92,028 room reservations. He says that amounts to 1,000 to 3,000 fake room reservations per day.

Police say the losses linked to the resort amount to around 14 million baht and the embezzlements linked to 101 local shops add up to 87 million baht.

Police arrested the hotel owner and 22 shop owners as well as people who allegedly controlled the beneficiaries’ accounts and people who allegedly opened bank accounts to embezzle money. Another person who recorded room reservations for the hotel was also arrested.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    brian mc

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    “…suspects faked shopping receipts and inflated room rates.” Inflated room rates? Where were they staying, at a bouncy castle?

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    J West

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    I remember observing a room rate rise at the time and asked around, ( Who’s paying that)? Some hotels, not to mention any names had jacked room rates up to where you could have thought you were booking a presidential suite in Manhattan, ridiculous pricing. A place I looked at a a popular southern island was asking $700+ a night…. more than a Mandarin Hotel in Singapore or London, by far.

    Now we know why. It was all a scam and none of these hotels didn’t care about booking guests at any price, only about the spread that scamming the government brought in.

    Sad, really, I had time to travel and would have done so if not turned off by the pricing offers being incompatible with my budget. I’m kind of miffed really. I feel slighted by this example of corruption. And I’m sure all the little businesses I didn’t get to spend money in are equally as underwhelmed.

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    brian mc

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    they should check the foundations of these hotels to see if they are still structurally sound. Too much subsidy can cause a lot of structural damage.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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