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Nigerians arrested over $400,000 theft

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Two Nigerian nationals were arrested in Phnom Penh on Monday for allegedly digitally stealing more than $400,000 from a bank.

Chea Sok, deputy police chief of Prampi Makara district, identified the suspects as Rejoyce Isaac Chibunna, 48, and Isaac Chibunna, 50. They were arrested in Veal Vong commune.

“Now the accused are in custody at the district police station and we will send them to court [today],” Mr Sok said.

He said the arrests were made after a lawsuit was filed by Leng Sovannavat, a representative of a bank in Tuol Kork district. The lawsuit alleged the two accused stole more than $400,000.

Police declined to reveal the name of the bank.

In 2017, a total of 1,885 foreigners from 47 nationalities were arrested and deported, according to the annual report of the Interior Ministry.

Based on the annual report from Phnom Penh municipal police, 60 criminal cases involving foreigners from 18 different nations were committed in Phnom Penh in 2017.

The 60 criminal cases included two murder cases, 12 thefts, 41 cases of theft with aggravating circumstances, one case of rape, two cases of confinement, and two fraud cases. Among the 60 criminal cases, 100 people were arrested.

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