A woman who led a Tong Tin was charged yesterday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for allegedly cheating 138 people out of $2.6 million in Chamkar Mon district.
Seng Sophal, a police officer in Chamkar Mon district, identified the accused as Ly Kimhour, 33, a construction materials vendor from Tuol Svay Prey I commune. She was yesterday charged with breach of trust and is now in Prey Sar prison pending trial.
Mr Sophal said the accused was arrested on Saturday after she was sued by the 138 people who were all members of her Tong Tin group.
He said that according to victims’ complaint, the accused was the group chief responsible for collecting and keeping funds from members and for paying monthly rates.
Due to her trustful ways, the group membership had increased to 138 people by 2016, up from the 42 in 2014.
“By mid-2017, she had collected $2.6 million from the group and fled to the United States where she lived for a while,” said Mr Sophal. “While she was away, her Tong Tin group members tried in vain to search for her.”
The accused was arrested on Saturday by her group members who saw her driving in Chamkar Mon district. They then handed her over to police.