Two female fortune-tellers were yesterday charged by Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court for cheating a businesswoman out of $1,000 worth of gold.
Chan Vuthy, an officer with the provincial minor crimes police unit, identified the women as 46-year-old Chhin Srey Ny from Stung Treng province, and 58-year-old Y Saros from Phnom Penh.
Mr Vuthy said they had both been charged with fraud after being arrested on Tuesday. The women have been sent to provincial prison pending their trial.
On Monday, according to Mr Vuthy, the suspects persuaded a woman named Hin Dara, a 41-year-old drinks vendor at Kampong Tralach Market, to give them gold in order to make her a belly chain that would bring her good luck and success in business.
He said the victim trusted the women and gave them many pieces of gold worth $1,000 to make her the belly chain.
“But a day later, when the suspects gave the belly chain to the victim, she checked it and saw it was made from metal. It was not made from the gold she had given them,” he said.
“To claim for the lost gold, she asked local police for intervention. The suspects were later arrested by police in accordance with the victim’s complaint.”
After their arrests, police confiscated an unknown quantity of fake gold and jewellery from them, Mr Vuthy added.