Two agencies wrapping up fraud probes

Two agencies probing the police station construction project expect to wrap up their investigations next week.

Tarit: Investigating price collusion

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Royal Thai Police Office (RTPO) said their probes into allegations of irregularities in the 5.8-billion-baht project to construct 396 police stations nationwide are almost complete.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said the DSI is probing alleged price collusion in bidding for the project. The findings will be forwarded to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

No further organisations or persons will be summoned for questioning, Mr Tarit said.

The DSI is looking at a final piece of information received from the Comptroller-General's Department, he said, but did not elaborate on the nature of the information.

The department is examining records of the project's budget disbursement.

The DSI suspects PCC Development and Construction Co (PCC), the sole contractor of the project, may have failed to pay its sub-contractors despite receiving money from the department.

The DSI is looking into whether politicians and high-level officials are involved in price collusion, Thanin Prempree, deputy chief of the DSI's Bureau of Special Crime 2, said.Former RTPO chief Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong and current national police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew will not be called to give evidence as they managed the project under the cabinet's order, he said.

"The decision whether to sue PCC for fraud definitely will be made by the RTPO," he added.

Pol Gen Jate Mongkokhatthee, head of the RTPO panel looking into the allegations of fraud in the project, said his panel would also conclude its investigation by next week.

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