Svay Rieng Provincial Court on Saturday charged a man with producing counterfeit money following his arrest on Friday when he tried to use the money to buy groceries in Svay Rieng city.
Kong Samol, Svay Rieng town deputy police chief, said that the suspect, Phoung San, 41, was initially held by people who accused him of using fake money to buy noodles at a store in Prey Chhlak commune.
“He used normal paper and printed the picture of money on it to buy noodles from the grocery store and when we later searched him, we found both 10,000 riel and 5,000 riel bills. In total, we seized more than eight million riel,” he said.
“The suspect used the fake money to buy stuff at the shop before,” he added. “The shop owners kept the fake bill and when he came back to try to buy more things using fake money, the shop owner’s grandson spotted the fake money and chased after the suspect, holding him until police arrived.”
“The grandson took the money to put a drop of water on it and saw that the water made a hole, so he knew it was fake,” he noted.
Mr Samol said police were then notified and came to take custody of the suspect, who had a total of 249 fake bills in his possession.
Mr Samol said the suspect was sent to the anti-economic crime bureau at the provincial police station for further questioning after his arrest.
Hem Saban, deputy provincial police chief in charge of the anti-economic crime bureau, said the suspect was sent to court on Saturday afternoon and later to jail.
“We sent him to the provincial court on Saturday afternoon,” he said. “The court charged him with producing counterfeit money and right now he is being detained in jail.”