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Marketing executive charged in theft case

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The suspect was charged yesterday. Kampuchea Thmey

A former sales and marketing executive with a bus company was charged yesterday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for allegedly stealing more than $50,000 from his employer in March.

Veng Vichetr, a police officer with the criminal investigation department in Phnom Penh, identified the accused as Nov Samphors, 29, chief of the sales and marketing department at Paramount Angkor Express.

Mr Samphors was charged yesterday with breach of trust and faces from six months to three years in prison if convicted.

Mr Vichetr said the accused was arrested on Sunday after being sued by Ly Daniel, 68, the president of Paramount Angkor Express. He has been sent to Prey Sar prison pending his trial.

He added that according to the plaintiff’s lawsuit, Mr Samphors started working as the chief of the sales and marketing department at Paramount Angkor Express in 2017.

In March, he collected a total of $52,840 from the company’s clients across the country.

“After collecting money from the company’s clients, he did not give it to the owner of the company,” he said. “He fled and took the money to gamble and completely lost it all at the casinos.”

Mr Vichetr noted that after the accused stole the money and fled, the owner of the company later filed a lawsuit against him to police for intervention. Mr Samphors was arrested in Daun Penh district on Sunday.

He added that the accused admitted to his mistakes while being interrogated at the police station.

“He confessed that he was a gambler. The stolen money was completely lost in casinos,” Mr Vichetr said.

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