Student Loans | DSI Takes Up Bank, Student Loans Cases

March 2, 2012 – 3:45 am


The Department of Special Investigation’s special cases committee yesterday agreed to take up four new cases, including one in which the Bangkok Bank’s computer system was hacked with lese majeste messages posted on its website.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith announced details of the cases yesterday.

One case involves a complaint by BBL president Chartsiri Sophonpanich who complained to the DSI that a hacker had broken into the bank’s computer system and posted anti-monarchy messages on its website, which could have misled the public.

Mr Tarit said the computer hacking offence violated Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lese majeste law, and the Computer Crimes Act.

The special cases committee also agreed to investigate irregularities in the management of the student Loan Fund (SLF) and Income Contingent Loan (ICL) scheme between 2006 and 2007. Staff from 32 universities around the country are suspected of involvement in the scam.

The DSI claimed officials from these universities were found to have siphoned money from the funds by signing up students to the loans even though they did not enrol in the universities.

Many students later found they owed money to the funds and refused to pay.

The committee also accepted a case in which a group of criminals used the names of Government Lottery Organisation executives and the GLO emblem to deceive people into believing they could rig lottery results which they would offer to unsuspecting victims in exchange for money.

The fraud cost more than 3 million baht in damage, Mr Tarit said.

The last case involves irregularities in the 600-million-baht rice mortgage programme in Kanchanaburi’s Tha Muang district.



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