Investigators request passport of wanted Thai ex-monk be revoked

July 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

BANGKOK, July 19 (UPI) -- Investigators in Thailand have requested that the passport of disgraced former monk Wirapol Sukphol, who is wanted on fraud and sex charges, be revoked.

Thailand's Department of Special Investigation Friday requested that the Department of Consular Affairs revoke the Wirapol's passport, the Bangkok Post reported.

The DSI also plans on notifying the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that there is a warrant out for Wirapol's arrest and that ICE should review its approval of his entry, said Songsak Raksaksakul, chief of the DSI's foreign affairs and international criminal cases.

Wirapol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, is believed to be staying in the United States.

The 34-year-old ex-monk, formerly known as Luang Pu Nenkham, is accused of disregarding his Buddhist vows of celibacy and simple living, CNN reported.

During an investigation, authorities discovered that Wirapol owned at least 83 automobiles and a list of properties that include plots of land, houses and condominiums, the DSI said. Wirapol has since been stripped of his religious title.

Authorities said nearly $10 million was removed from Wirapol's bank accounts in recent days.

Wirapol is charged with fraud, as well as having sex with a minor and rape, authorities said.

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