Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a 19-year-old law student hacking a 30-year-old businesswoman’s bank account and stealing about $5,000.
Kong Bun, a police officer with the municipal criminal investigations department, identified the accused as Chan Mengchhay, a second-year law student at the Royal University of Laws and Science Business in Phnom Penh.
Mr Bun said the court charged him with theft and noted that he faces six months and to three years in jail if convicted.
Mr Bun added that the accused was arrested last week in accordance with a complaint filed by the victim, Sok Sina, 30, an online clothes vendor.
According to the plaintiff’s complaint, in early June the accused hacked her bank account and stole a total of $4,500.
“He hacked her personal account and found the secret code number,” Mr Bun said. “After knowing the secret code number, he withdrew a total of $4,500 from her account.”
He added that the plaintiff is seeking the return of her cash from the accused and for the court to punish him according to the law.
A Phnom Penh Municipal Court clerk, who asked not to be named, said yesterday that during his questioning at the court, the accused admitted his mistake.
“He confessed that he withdrew only $163 from her account,” the clerk said. “He denied that he owes her $4,500.”