Two men and one woman were yesterday charged with fraud by Kratie Provincial Court for selling lottery tickets that had no redeemable prizes.
Provincial police officer Ven Kosal identified the male suspects as Sok Leng, 27, and Yin Soeung, 27, while the female suspect was Choum Thai, 19.
The trio lived in Phnom Penh but went to the provinces to sell tickets as part of a package containing perfume, he said. They were arrested on Sunday and have been sent to prison pending their trial.
Mr Kosal said that on Sunday, the suspects went to Kratie province’s Sambo district to sell the packages to unsuspecting villagers.
They advertised that possible prizes included motorbikes, TVs, luxury mobile phones, perfume and money. One package was sold for 100,000 riel, or about $25.
Mr Kosal said many villagers bought the packages in hopes of winning the grand prizes. But when three people won, they did not get the prizes as advertised.
To claim their money back, the villagers filed complaints against the accused to local police.
“They were arrested after villagers found out they had been cheated,” he said.
He added police confiscated bottles of perfume, a motorbike, and many packages containing lottery tickets from the suspects following their arrest.