A 47-year-old American-Cambodian citizen was convicted by the Municipal Court on Thursday and sentenced to 10 months in prison for involvement in cheating 20 Cambodian labourers in a scam that promised them work in Australia in 2015.
He was named as Vorn Yen William and after taking their money he fled to the US.
The court fined him three million riel, or about $750, which was put in state budget, and also ordered him to pay $500, $3,000 and $5,800 to seven victims who were the plaintiffs in the case. The court did not consider or settle other victims’ damages because they did not make official complaints to the court.
Seng Leang, a judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said the accused was a 47-year-old American-Cambodian citizen. He was charged by the prosecutor fraud under articles 377 and 378 of the Criminal Code.
He added that the man was arrested by municipal military police after he flew into Phnom Penh from the US to attend his father’s funeral on June 26.