Gosh, that’s grim … or something.
The National Thailand reports on a complaint filed by Thai Airways’ Savings Cooperative for Employees with the Thailand Department of Crime Control. The claim? Thai Airways employees fake their deaths to collect funeral money … but then they continue to work for the airline.
Twenty members of Thai Airways’ employee savings association (and their attorneys) are calling for an investigation into some members who have used forged death certificates to obtain funeral allowances promised by the company.
Weerayut Thuankong, a representative of the cooperative, said:
“The cooperative has found that the number of members applying for funeral allowances has increased suspiciously over several years. We reviewed the evidence they submitted and found that the death certificates appeared to be forged as the people declared dead are still working for the company.
We only have evidence until 2013 but we believe there could be more members who committed this scam before. We are therefore asking the police to initiate a comprehensive investigation. “
Over two dozen Thai Airways employees reportedly faked their deaths
Looking at evidence from 2013, it is alleged that there have been at least 26 fraudulent cases that have caused an estimated THB 14 million (~ $ 467,000) in damage to the company. That’s an average of ~ $ 18,000 per employee submitted.
Thai Airways is currently being reorganized as the airline is under bankruptcy protection. Corruption has been rife with the airline for years, and a former chairman of Thai Airways was recently jailed for excess baggage charges.
But that’s … the next level? Sorry if I’m missing something obvious here, but you’re telling me that Thai Airways paid funeral grants for employees who will still be with the company many years later? And it took years to investigate? I have no words.
(Hat tip on JRL)