Disgraced 'jet set monk' sentenced to 114 years in jail in Thailand after US extradition

By On August 10, 2018

Disgraced 'jet set monk' sentenced to 114 years in jail in Thailand after US extradition

A Thai court has sentenced a disgraced former monk to 114 years in prison for charges including fraud, money laundering and computer crime.

Wiraphon Sukphon became known as the “jet set monk” after he was appeared in a 2013 YouTube video on private jet, wearing sunglasses and showing off wads of cash and Louis Vuitton designer bags.

A subsequent probe seized $770,000 of his assets, including a Porsche and a Mercedes Benz car, and multiple bank accounts.

Wiraphon, 39, was convicted on Thursday after being extradited from the US in May after being accused of raping a minor and deceiving donors who gave him money to build the world’s largest emerald Buddha image.

The monk was required to return $861,700 to 29 donors who filed complaints and the verdict for the alleged rape, which dates back ten years, is expected in October. He faces an additional 20 years behind bars if convicted.

However, despite Thursday’s hefty sentence, a lawyer acting for Wiraphon told AFP that under Thai law he would not actually serve more than 20 years, meaning that he would be released before he turns 60. His legal team are also planning to appeal.

Source: Google News Thailand | Netizen 24 Thailand

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