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Military officers arrested over fake money

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:

Two military officials were arrested yesterday over the circulation of counterfeit money and use of illegal weapons in Phnom Penh.

Major Keo Savuth, deputy chief of the criminal investigation department with Russey Keo district police, identified the suspects as Major General Loth Heng, 29, and his personal assistant Captain Sorn Buntheng, 25.

Maj Savuth said the pair was arrested at about 12.30am yesterday while driving a large motorbike through a police checkpoint on National Road 5 in Russey Keo commune.

Maj Savuth said the pair did not stop at the checkpoint, but sped up and failed in an attempt to drive through it.

“Police managed to stop them and inspected them,” he said. “After inspecting them, our police forces seized a pistol and a black package of counterfeit money from [Maj] General Loth Heng.”

After their arrests, police confiscated $1,080 in counterfeit money and a pistol, Maj Savuth noted.

Teang Chansar, Russey Keo district police chief, said the two suspects remained detained at the district police headquarters for further questioning.

Mr Chansar noted that Gen Heng has been accused of circulating counterfeit currency and unauthorized weapon possession, while Cap Buntheng has been accused of being an accomplice to the circulation of fake money.

The pair is due in court today.

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