Immigration police raided two rental homes in Phnom Penh and arrested 121 Chinese nationals in connection with online gambling and Voice over Internet Protocol scams.
Lieutenant General Uk Heisela, head of investigations at the General Department of Immigration, said that 121 Chinese suspects, including 19 women, were operating illegal online gambling and extorting money from the people in China via the use of VoIP in Cambodia.
Lt Gen Heisela said that the Chinese were arrested at about 5.30pm yesterday in two rental homes in Sen Sok and Tuol Kork districts after police received reports from the Chinese Interpol.
He said that according to a report by Chinese Interpol, the suspects posed as Chinese police, judges, prosecutors or bankers in China and made phone calls to extort money from people in China.
“They are the group of Chinese mafias who have been hiding in Cambodia,” Lt Gen Heisela said, “They were arrested after our police raided their rental villas in Phnom Penh in collaboration with the Chinese police.”