Ever wondered where all that money goes when Thai people make donations at temples? Well, a large chunk of it has been swallowed up by bad-boy former monk Wirapol Sukphol.
The low-life disgrace to Buddhism had squirreled away enough for 100 luxury cars, vast swathes of land and a wardrobe of designer clothes.
The jet-setting monk, then aged 34, went on the run in 2013 wanted for money laundering, drug trafficking, involvement in a hit-and-run accident and rape. He is alleged to to have fathered a child with a woman who was underage at the time.
U.S. authorties have now arrested Wirapol, who also went by the name of Luang Pu Nen Kham, according to the Bangkok Post.
Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Paisit Wongmuang said: ”We will await for the US court to notify us what charges the suspect is facing. He will be allowed to exercise his right to appeal our extradition request and to fight the case before being sent back to Thailand. This process requires a certain period of time.”
Despite having 380 million baht seized from his bank, Wirapol had enough gold and cash to pay for private jets while running from cops around Europe, South East Asia and the U.S.
It’s yet another example of monks abusing the trust of Thai people who donate to them so generously.
Wirapol Sukphol should get a warm reception in a hell-hole Thai prison when he returns to the country with chains round his ankles…