In Thailand, five former National Office of Buddhism officials, a former director, an official and three academics, have been found guilty of stealing twenty-one million baht (about six hundred and sixty thousand U.S. dollars) from the organisation back in 2015. The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases convicted the five of embezzlement and sentenced them to prison. They are also required to repay twenty-one million baht to the NOB.
At the same time, the court handed suspended sentences to two former monks found guilty of six counts of money laundering at the Wat Sa Ket temple in Bangkok. The court found the duo guilty of approving fourteen million two hundred thousand baht in cash transfers from the temple’s account from March to December in 2015.