In this photo taken Monday, July 15, 2013, Songkran Artchariyasarp, a lawyer and Buddhist activist, shows a picture of a Buddha statue that is part of an alleged embezzlement by former Buddhist monk ... more 
In this photo taken Monday, July 15, 2013, Songkran Artchariyasarp, a lawyer and Buddhist activist, shows a picture of a Buddha statue that is part of an alleged embezzlement by former Buddhist monk Wirapol Sukphol in Bangkok, Thailand. Now Wirapol is at the center of the biggest religious scandal the predominantly Buddhist country has seen in years. Critics say the case is an extreme example of a wider crisis in Thai Buddhism. The arrest warrant implicates Wirapol on three charges including statutory rape, embezzlement and online fraud to seek donations. He is also under investigation for money laundering, drug trafficking and manslaughter for a hit-and-run accident. Authorities are struggling to figure out how he amassed so much money. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Sakchai Lalit
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 10:23 AM EDT