Connect with us

Phuket

Depositors sue bank over embezzled deposits

Published

 on 

Depositors sue bank over embezzled deposits | Thaiger

PHUKET TOWN: Twelve people holding time deposit and savings accounts in Bangkok Bank’s Thepkrassatri Rd branch are suing to recover a total of more than five million baht allegedly embezzled by bank employees. One of the victims was Chamnong Tiansub. “On September 1, my daughter was called to the bank by [one of the accused] who told her to bring our savings account book with her for updating. “She found him waiting for her outside the bank. He took her book inside, and then brought it back out again. She was worried by the way he handled things and concerned about why he seemed to be in a rush. So we went back the following day and found that [entries in the book notwithstanding], there had, in fact, been nothing in the account for years. We lost 1,057,000 baht.” Another victim, Sujin Sae-Ong, a 50-year-old merchant in the talad sot, said he first deposited money in the bank in 1991. When he went there to withdraw funds on October 5 last week, staff told him that his savings book was a fake, and that there was no record of him holding an account with the bank. Although two bank employees have been arrested in connection with the case, it is as yet unclear whether the depositors will be reimbursed by the bank and, if they are, how long it will take. Indeed, the 12 have been so discouraged by the bank’s response that they have instructed lawyers to sue for the return of their deposits. Khun Chamnong, who deposited his funds 10 years ago after selling a piece of land, told the Gazette, “We were told initially that the bank was not responsible because the two people who were arrested had already resigned from the bank before we found out that the money was missing.” It was not clear how the resignations, or the timing of them, would have a bearing on the bank’s responsibility to the depositors. The bank’s management has since agreed to look further into the matter, though it has yet to acknowledge liability. Mayuree Suksomboon, manager of the Thepkrassatri Rd branch, advised reporters to contact the bank’s Southern Chapter II manager, who is based in the Bangkok head office. “It’s beyond my authority,” she said. “I cannot tell if we will pay or not. And if we do decide to pay, I cannot say how the clients will be paid. I’m only an intermediary, trying my best to coordinate between the clients and our head office.” The Gazette was told by the head office that the Southern Chapter II manager is currently overseas. His deputy, however, said, that all 12 cases are being investigated. “The next step [after completion of the investigation], will be to forward the findings to our law office. Its recommendations will then be considered by a bank committee [set up to handle this case]. “I have no idea how long the investigation will take or when a decision will be made,” he added.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Hot News26 mins ago

Driving licence point deductions starting next year in Thailand

Hot News44 mins ago

US singer Kanye West sparks outrage after saying he loves Nazis and admires Hitler

Video14 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Actress Forex 3D scammer released on bail after 3 months behind bars

Sponsored21 hours ago

Go global with Upbit Thailand: Worldwide digital asset market in your hands

Crime14 hours ago

Big Joke seizes Tuhao’s private jet in Hua Hin

Phuket14 hours ago

Phuket officials once again report finding no human trafficking on fishing boats

Thailand14 hours ago

South Korea increases quota of Thai workers next year

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Tourism14 hours ago

Indian pervs arrested after harassing tourist in Mumbai

Vietnam14 hours ago

Province in Vietnam boosting tourism with its rich culture

Thailand15 hours ago

Teen girl’s ID card request denied as she doesn’t look like her mother

Crime15 hours ago

Body of missing woman found tied to water pump in western Thailand

South Korea15 hours ago

NZ suitcase murders go to court

Thailand15 hours ago

Chinese gangs in Thailand take another hit as “Tony” falls

Pollution16 hours ago

Environmental police arrest 7 over illegal dumping in Bangkok

Crime16 hours ago

Pattaya Police warn city’s taxi riders to behave after sexual assault case

Press Room16 hours ago

Thai-Italian Business Summit highlights the importance of a shared vision

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending