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OAG to demand Buriram local administration for 60 million baht compensation

The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) is demanding the Buriram provincial administration to return 60 million baht state budget after finding the administration misspent the fund to support a local football association in the past three years.

OAG secretary-general Pisit Leelavachiropas said the auditing of the spending if the local administration showed that it funded the Buriram sports association's activities inappropriately on 16 occasions during the past three years.

He said the local administration paid for Buriram sports association's food cost, daily allowance, advertisement costs and transportation for taking sports youths and people to watch 16 football matches which a private football association, Buriram United, competed in several provinces.

He said under Article 45 of the Local Administration Act 2007, such activities are not regarded educational promotion or promoting sports purpose, but considered inappropriate spending.

He said the local administration must demand the return of the fund from the sports association immediately.

The local administration has already filed a civil suit to demand the money back, but this process takes time, he said.

He added the OAG was looking for an alternative to get the local administration compensate the state fund as soon as possible.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)