B200m goes to mum defrauded by own daughter

B200m goes to mum defrauded by own daughter

Phra Khanong Civil Court yesterday ordered a woman, two bank employees and a commercial bank to pay more than 200 million baht in compensation to the woman’s bedridden elderly mother in connection with the theft of over 250 million baht from her accounts.

The court was ruling on a lawsuit filed by Huay Sriwirat against her daughter Mawadee Sriwirat, four bank employees and Kasikorn Bank for just over 350 million baht in compensation for the fraud.

On Dec 29 last year, Phra Khanong Criminal Court sentenced Ms Mawadee, 53, to 20 years in prison for document forgery and theft.

The court also sentenced bank employee Thipaporn Daengsawat to two years in jail for forgery and using forged documents.

The court acquitted three other defendants on all charges.

Anantachai Chaidej, the lawyer acting for Ms Huay, said that Phra Khanong Civil Court ordered Kasikorn Bank to pay 44,645,676.82 baht, including interest of 7%, starting from the day the suit was filed on Nov 19, 2019, and Ms Mawadee to pay 117,097,573.05 baht, including interest fees of 7.5%, to Ms Huay.

The lawyer said the court also ordered the fourth defendant and the sixth defendant, who were bank employees, to jointly compensate her, and the defendants will have to pay court and lawyers’ fees totalling 100,000 baht.

The court acquitted the third and fifth defendants named in the civil lawsuit, said Mr Anantachai.

Additionally, Ms Mawadee will remain in prison after the Appeal Court rejected her bail request.

In November 2019, Ms Huay, then 76, sued her daughter, the bank and four bank employees after accusing them of stealing money from her two accounts while she was in hospital in 2014 undergoing treatment for coronary artery disease.

About 253 million baht was taken from the accounts in many hundreds of withdrawals, according to the lawyer.