Two women were arrested on Wednesday night for circulating fake money after paying for a guesthouse in Phnom Penh using counterfeit cash.
Veng Huoth, a Tuol Kork district police officer, identified the women as Srey Pov, 36, a fruit vendor from Kampong Cham province and Chan Sareth, 57, from Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.
Mr Huoth said the two suspects drove a motorbike to stay at a guesthouse in Teuk La-ok III commune on Wednesday night at about 11pm.
Mr Huoth said the owner of the guesthouse required them to pay $10 in advance for the room.
Ms Pov gave a fake $50 banknote to the owner of guesthouse.
“After realising the money was fake, the owner of the guesthouse did not accept it and reported it to local police,” he said.
“The two suspects were later arrested by police at the guesthouse.”
He added that after their arrests, police seized a total of $740 in counterfeit bills and a motorbike from the suspects.
Mr Huoth said Ms Pov told police she had been in a traffic accident a few days before her arrest and that the confiscated money was paid to her as compensation.
She told police she did not know the money was fake.
Mr Huoth said the suspects were accused of circulating counterfeit currency and face up to five years each in prison if convicted.
They remain detained at the police station pending their first court appearance.