A Nigerian businessman was jailed for a year yesterday for laundering more than $900,000 in Cambodia.
Goodluck Omogiade, 35, was convicted of the offence in Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
Judge Kov Sao said Mr Omogiade was arrested on December 1, 2017, in Phnom Penh.
Interior Ministry anti-terrorism and transnational crimes police detained the clothes vendor after he sent his Cambodian wife to withdraw more than $900,000 from a local bank.
“The court sentenced him to a year in prison,” Mr Kov Sao said.
Seng Pesith, an officer with the anti-terrorism and transnational crimes police, said Mr Omogiade’s wife’s name was Kim Srey Khuoch.
In 2013, Mr Omogiade and a Nigerian friend named Bello asked Ms Srey Khuoch to open an account with a bank in Phnom Penh to receive money transferred from friends living in the US.
On December 1, 2017, Mr Omogiade and Mr Bello told Ms Srey Khuoch to withdraw the money from her account for them.
After getting the money, Ms Srey Khuoch planned to give the money to Mr Omogiade and Mr Bello so that they could send it back to their friends in the US through Mr Omogiade’s personal bank account.
“She was arrested by police after she withdrew the laundered money from the local bank in Phnom Penh,” he said.
“After her arrest and based on her confession, police picked up her husband the same day.”
He said Ms Srey Khuoch was later released by police because she had cooperated with them in arresting her husband and had helped police.
Police were seeking Mr Bello to bring him to justice.