Ex-Thai PM’s wife jailed for tax fraud

July 31st, 2008 - 12:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangkok, July 31 (Xinhua) The wife of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was sentenced to a three-year jail term Thursday by a court here for tax fraud involving 546 million baht (about $15.8 million). The court found Pojaman Shinawatra guilty of tax evasion involving 546 million baht and sentenced her to a three-year jail term.

Pojaman’s stepbrother Bannaphot Damapong and her personal secretary Kanchana Honghern were also found guilty in the same charges filed by the Attorney General in March 2007.

The three were accused of evading taxes in the transfer of 4.5 million shares (worth 738 million baht) of the company Shinawatra Computer and Communications.

Bannaphot was also sentenced to three years in jail.

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