Former stockbroker Uracha Wachirakulton appeared at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) in Bangkok on Wednesday morning to hear money-laundering charges linked to the multi-million-baht shares of the late billionaire Chuwong Saetang.
The 26-year-old woman, along with her mother Srithana Promma and younger brother Chaipan who were also accused, were originally required to report to police on Tuesday but had postponed the meeting by a day.
They refused to comment to reporters.
Two other suspects in the case – former deputy commerce minister Pol Lt-Colonel Banyin Tangpakorn and former product presenter Kantana Siwathanapon – have also postponed their hearings with CSD on money-laundering charges until a later date.
In addition to the money-laundering charges now facing Uracha, is also facing another trial, along with Banyin and Kantana, over charges of faking documents to claim Bt300 million worth of shares belonging to Chuwong.
Construction tycoon Chuwong, 50, was found dead in the front passenger seat of a car driven by the uninjured Banyin after it hit a roadside tree in Bangkok’s Prawet district on June 26, 2015. Banyin claimed the man died in the crash.
But Chuwong’s relatives have laid a complaint that the death was suspicious, given that Chuwong’s Bt300 million in shares had been transferred to the two women, whom the relatives claimed to be Banyin’s close associates, just days before Chuwong’s death.