Asset Recovery Watch

Juthamas Siriwan (United States)
Governor of Tourism (2002-2006)
United States
Undertaking Recovery Effort, Location of Recovery Effort
Art.16, Art.19, Art.20, Art.23
Criminal Prosecution and Forfeiture
Cooperation in investigation but mechanism unknown
Ongoing Case
Before Court of First Instance
As of May 22, 2016, the US criminal case was ongoing.  ( U.S. v. Siriwan, et al., Case No. 2:09-CR-00081 (C.D. Cal.), Court Docket Report as of May 22, 2016.)   In January 2009, United States authorities filed a criminal indictment against Ms. Siriwan and her daughter on charges of money laundering and transporting funds to support unlawful activity. The indictment included criminal forfeiture allegations against bank accounts located in Isle of Jersey (HSBC Bank International Limited, Acct #11108670 in amount of $411,434.80; Singapore (Citibank Bank, Acct #0259766-001 in the amount of $543,456.79 and Standard Chartered Bank, Acct #25-0-852573-6); United Kingdom (HSBC Bank PLC, Acct #22751518).  The indictment also noted that under Section 152 of Thailand's Penal Code, it is unlawful for any government official, having the duty of managing or looking after any activity, to take the interest for the benefit of herself or another person concerning such activity. (Source: U.S. v. Siriwan, et al., Case No. 2:09-CR-00081 (C.D. Cal.), Indictment filed January 28, 2009.)  Ms. Siriwan has filed a Motion to Dismiss the Indictment in January 2012. (Source:  U.S. v. Siriwan, et al., Case No. 2:09-CR-00081 (C.D. Cal.), Court Docket Report, entry for January 30, 2012.)   See also "Disposition of criminal case" for update on the case in Thailand.

According to the Joint Status Report and Indictment filed by Thai Special Prosecutor (Exh A in Thai and Exh B in English translation), Ms. Siriwan has been charged with violations of Thai laws pertaining to conduct of Thai officials and the Criminal Code pertaining to acceptance of bribery. The US criminal case against Ms. Siriwan is ongoing as of May 22, 2016. (Source: US v. Siriwan, Case No. 2:09-cr-81 (C.D. Cal), Joint Status Report of the Parties filed on October 13, 2015 and Exhibits A and B; Court Docket Report as of May 22, 2016.

National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand; Attorney General's Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Attorney for the Central District of California, Criminal Division, Major Frauds Section; Department of Justice, Frauds Section
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California