A 25-year-old military police officer was yesterday charged with fraud by Siem Reap Provincial Court for renting 31 cars and then re-renting them at a higher rate or pawning them off to support his gambling habit.
Brigadier General Phoeng Chendareth, chief of the criminal investigation department in Siem Reap province, identified the suspect as Second Lieutenant Eang Veasna, a military police officer with Banteay Meanchey provincial military police.
He said the suspect was charged with fraud with aggravating circumstances and faces from two to five years in prison if convicted.
Brig Gen Chendareth said that according to a police report, the suspect rented 31 cars from 28 plaintiffs at a price from $400 to $1,000 per month between 2016 and 2017.
He said that after obtaining the vehicles, the suspect rented them to Chinese people or businessmen at a fee between $600 and $1,500 per month.
Lt Veasna took the money to gamble at a casino and lost all of it and later pawned off the cars, according to Brig Gen Chendareth.
“He bought the military police job to be a military officer and was a casino gambler,” he said. “He took the money he earned from renting the rental cars to gamble in the casino.”
Brig Gen Chendareth said the suspect was arrested in accordance with the complaints of 28 plaintiffs on March 4 in Siem Reap. After his arrest, police found and seized only 10 cars from him.
Police are now searching for the other missing cars. None of the plaintiffs could be reached for comment yesterday.