A 67-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for using counterfeit money at a market in Kandal province’s Takhmao town.
Takhmao town police chief Sar Keo Piseth said yesterday that three vendors complained to police after being cheated by the suspect, who had used fake US dollars to buy their goods.
He said the suspect, Ser Buntri, had a total of $3,100 in counterfeit currency, $300 of which he had already spent, $100 was in his pocket and $2,700 was later found in his vehicle.
“The suspect lives in Phnom Penh’s 7 Makara district, but he drove his car to Takhamo town to spend the fake money,” he said.
Mr Piseth said the suspect admitted to exchanging the fake money into riel.
“He left the scene after purchasing the goods and then the sellers realised it was fake money. They complained to the police and our officers looked for him and arrested him at Prek Ho market,” said Mr Piseth.
The suspect said he got the fake money from a 52-year-old man he claimed not to know the name of, who lives in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district, the police chief added.
“We are cooperating with other police officials to investigate the arrest of another suspect to punish by the law,” Mr Piseth said, adding that he sent Mr Buntri to provincial police headquarters for further questioning before he was sent to court.