A mother and her son were busted in Kampong Speu province on Friday for allegedly operating a fake ID business out of their print shop.
Samraong Torng district police chief Khut Sophal said police raided the facility along with a provincial court official.
“We arrested two suspects who are mother and son. They used computers to create fake national identity cards. According to their confession, they made the identification cards without knowing it was illegal,” he said.
Mr Sophal said the raid was conducted following complaints from customers who had their identity cards made but found them to be unusable.
“Their customers were mostly underage and wanted to work in garment factories, but were not eligible because they didn’t have national identity cards yet. So they went to the shop because they said they could make the cards for them,” he said.
According to the provincial police report, the shop was actually a photography and wedding invitation print shop, but it secretly provided the service of modifying and faking ID cards.
The suspects were identified as Nhil Kimsrun, 43, and her 17-year-old son Nam Bunheng. In the raid, police seized a printer, desktop computer, scanner, laminator and one ID card.
Ou Phat, the deputy prosecutor who led the operation, said the suspects were still in provincial police detention for questioning and would likely be sent to court today.