A high-ranking (C-9) public servant under the Revenue Department has been axed because of a false VAT-refund case worth more than Bt3.2 billion.
Finance Minister Sommai Phasee said yesterday that the ministry had decided to dismiss Siripong Riyakarnteerachote, who allegedly helped a group of 30 non-existing business operators, who claimed to be exporters of metals and ores, to claim refunds of value-added tax falsely.
Three or four more C-9 officials, and maybe other higher-ranking bureaucrats in the department, are expected to be let go in the near future because of their involvement in the case. The highest rank in the Thai bureaucracy is C-11.
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