Loans officer ‘stole cash’

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A 37-year-old casino-based loans officer went on trial yesterday, accused of stealing nearly $38,000 from his company.
 
Phoum Mean, 37, worked for the RSM company in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district.
 
He allegedly took money from the company to pay gamblers who lost at the casino or who wanted cash to play on.
 
Mr. Mean was arrested in August last year and was charged with breach of trust. He is being sued by the RSM company.   
 
RSM representative Bou Vuth said that in July last year, Mr. Mean received $35,700 from the company to give to gamblers who would pawn their luxury cars or other valuables.
 
“But after receiving the money from the company, he kept it for his own use,” Mr. Vuth said.
 
“When the company demanded the money back from him, he did not have it. He came up with a false story that the money had been given to the owner of a Lexus 350 car who had driven off instead of leaving the car as security.
 
“But when the company asked him for proof, he did not have it.”
 
Mr. Vuth said the truth was that Mr. Mean had stolen the money.
 
The company has demanded $35,700 damages and another $10,000 in compensation from Mr. Mean.  
 
During his trial yesterday, Mr. Mean admitted that he received the $35,700 from the company, but he insisted that a Lexus owner cheated him by getting the money and fleeing from the casino in the car.
 
“I take responsibility for the money lost,” he said.  
 
“I would like to ask the court to release me so that I can come out from prison and make money to pay back to the company.”
 
If found guilty, Mr. Mean faces from one to three years in jail. His verdict is due on February 9.

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