Red Cross official charged with embezzlement

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Kampong Cham Provincial Court on Friday charged a former high-ranking Cambodian Red Cross official over his involvement in the embezzlement of more than $100,000 through forged financial expenditure documents.

The accused was arrested on Thursday near the Cambodian-Thai border, after months on the run.

Colonel Sok Vuthy, deputy chief of Kampong Cham provincial police, identified the accused as Meas Sam Oeun, 33, the former vice president and an accountant with the Cambodian Red Cross in Kampong Cham.

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He was charged with breach of trust and forging financial documents following reports of stolen funds by members of the organisation.

“He was arrested in accordance with the court’s warrant for his arrest,” Col Vuthy said.

He said that the accused was apprehended by Preah Vihear provincial police after more than a month on the run. He was then sent to Kampong Cham Provincial Court for questioning on Friday, after which he was charged and jailed.

According to a police report, Mr Sam Oeun was the vice president of the Cambodian Red Cross in Kampong Cham.

Last year, he allegedly produced forged financial reports and stole more than $100,000 for his own personal use.

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Members of the Cambodian Red Cross discovered the scheme and filed a lawsuit at the Kampong Cham Provincial Court in March.

Mr Sam Oeun was promptly summoned three times by the court, but he did not comply. Instead, he fled and hid in Preah Vihear province, close to the Cambodian-Thai border, where he was eventually arrested.

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