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Man arrested for trying to pay his taxi fare in counterfeit currency

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Caption: A French-Cambodian man at police custody of using fake US currency. Hang Meas

A 41-year-old French-Cambodian national was arrested on Tuesday after paying for a taxi fare using counterfeit currency, police said today.

Sok Sopheak, a Meanchey district police officer, identified the suspect as Prum Ratha, 41, who was arrested in Chak Angkreu Leu commune.

He said that on the morning of Tuesday at about 10: 30, Mr Prum Ratha took the metered-taxi of driver Mr Huoth Danith, 25, from Cham Chao Commune to the riverside, in Daun Penh District. After visiting the riverside, he took the metered-taxi to meet his friend in Chak Angkre Commune, in Meanchey District.

He added that after arriving and stopping at the destination in Chak Angkre Commune, the suspect got off the taxi and asked for the taxi fare. The taxi fare totalled 90,000 riels (about $22.50).

“He gave $15 to the taxi driver. The taxi driver refused the money because he knew that the money was counterfeit,” he told Khmer Times.

“The taxi driver told him to pay in Khmer currency, but he did not have any Khmer money,” he said.
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