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Some Thai Airways employees accused of faking death certificates for funeral allowances

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In yet another case of alleged corruption linked to Thai Airways, some employees are accused of using fake death certificates to receive funeral allowances provided through the company’s savings cooperative, causing an estimated 14 million baht in damages.

A complaint was filed today with the Crime Suppression Division by 20 members of the Savings Cooperative for Employees of Thai Airways International. Weerayut Thuankong, a representative from the cooperative, says the 26 cases of fraud back to 2013. He says they believe there could be more cases of fraud before 2013 and are asking police to step in.

“The cooperative has found that the number of members filing for funeral allowance has increased suspiciously over several years… We checked the evidence they submitted and found that the death certificates appeared to be fake, as the persons declared dead are still working for the company.”

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    Francis A

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Desperate times, I’m afraid this is just the beginning.

    On top of this the government gives 600 000 immigrants free pass to work her and free healthcare. Yeah, Thai people don’t want those jobs, but I believe that when I gets worse and it will those low paid jobs are better than no income at all.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    That’s because they know they’re the walking dead in a dead end job…..R.I.P

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    Graham Smith

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    What kind of people are these thais????????
    LOJ!!!

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    Jim kelly

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Am I correct in thinking king HIMSELF has a role in this company? It’s on the Royal Portfolio?? Curious.

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    This is a good one even by TG standards.
    Perhaps somebody should sign and stamp a genuine death certificate for the whole outfit.

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    Gosport

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    What kind scam? HR has no network system? The HR data was hacked.

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    Ben

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Shit happens where money and people are involved. Where is the governance at Thai Airways? The Board and C Suite aren’t paid enough to manage the company properly? They buy airplanes that lose money from day one and no one figured that out years ago? Unbelievable corruption and gutting of a state owned company. This is a poster child for why governments should not own for profit companies.

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      Ynwaps

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12:41 am

      But it isn’t profitable so technically they aren’t owning a company for profit 🙈

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        Mr cynic

        Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 2:47 am

        Ironically back in the 80’s and early 90’s when the company was 100 percent government owned and run by ex Thai air force personal the company was profitable and highly respected within the aviation circles worldwide.
        They used to win many global industry awards on a very regular basis.

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    Ynwaps

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    “the persons declared dead are still working for the company”

    Is the funeral allowance that bad? Otherwise they would have used family member instead of family employees

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    Mark

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Never put any possible way to cheat lie decieve any person or organisation that a Thai wouldn’t try

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    June

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    So sad :'(

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      Toby Andrews

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:46 pm

      What’s so sad?
      There is no morality that Thais will not violate and exploit to make money.
      Daily you will see another example.
      These people are the scum of the Far East. Wake up!
      The smiling Thai is a devil looking for a chance to steal, cheat, and corrupt to make money.

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    How in the heck can you fake your own death and continue to keep working? And it’s not even just one person. Is there a better example of the fact Thai Airways is a complete and total basket case? Honestly they should have been shut down long ago. There is no amount of reorganization that can make this sow’s ear into a silk purse.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 1:22 am

      I have to agree, Ed V, as unless I’ve mis-read it too the article (and original source) says that at least 26 employees submitted fake death certificates to get a funeral allowance from the company savings scheme and no-one in the company noticed they were still employed and getting paid – and presumably still paying into the company savings scheme …

      If correct, that isn’t corruption, just … ummm … 😮

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        Bill

        Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 2:27 am

        notice how ij doesn’t label it corruption

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          Issan John

          Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:07 am

          I don’t because I don’t see any reported / alleged.

          Fraud? Yes.

          Incompetence? Beyond any doubt.

          Where’s the corruption?

          Just asking …

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            Issan John

            Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:43 am

            FWIW, there’s evidently no shortage of reported corruption in Thai Airways, mainly in procurement, as well as nepotism, cronyism and abuse of power.

            To me, though, if a company that has over twenty thousand employees has an HR system that allows employees it’s registered as dead to continue to be paid that doesn’t indicate “corruption” but incompetence and a system that’s flawed beyond belief.

            However “corrupt” the organisation, the system should have made it impossible to pay someone the system’s registered as dead.

            Personally I’d be far more worried about flying with or trusting an organisation that was that incompetent with a system that inefficient rather than one that was “corrupt”, as it indicates far more fundamental flaws with the organisation rather than individuals, but … well … up to you.

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    Kuhn David

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Perhaps the current slogan for the Country should change from “Land of Smiles” to “Land of Corruption.”

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    Grumpy John

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:35 am

    Dang, I am late to the party again! It’s not corruption people…it’s book keeping errors. Easy to do…easy to fix so I don’t know why their wasting valuable police time when a few strokes of the pen could fix it. Everything at Thai airways has been fixable in the past…and will be in the future.

    My Initials are JSH….and NO the ‘S’ does not stand for Sarcasm. It may be ‘Scurrilous’ but I am not telling!

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    James Pate

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:34 am

    If the law doesn’t get them, karma will. The fake death certificates may become real, just pre-dated.

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    Geoff

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:45 am

    Misunderstandings? Joking aside, it’s because every TG employee could see what was going on at the top of the company and it filtered down. Such a shame for such a good airline to be dragged into the current state.

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    Danish Twirl

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:08 am

    Good luck to them

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    Khun K

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:14 am

    I must admit that I have been very happy flying with TG on the past , however not the case anymore unfortunately.
    if those employees still on the payroll get the money back and bye bye with not company pension , if they retired and still alive stop the payment or get them back .
    Thailand it is a very corrupt country unfortunately.

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    June

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Once upon a time thai air give orchid to every border on the aircraft with a smile and say swadikha.. Alas now it has became history ..

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    Anna

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:50 am

    There is corruption all countries even in Australia now see, ex-Finance Minister Mathias Cormann looking for a job in Europe using a government VIP jet.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      Agreed, Anna, but that doesn’t excuse it and I don’t see how this can be put down to “corruption”.

      However corrupt the organisation it simply shouldn’t be possible to do this.

      It’s easy to blame everything on “corruption”, but this indicates a system and an organisation that’s completely incompetent.

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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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