The General Immigration Department and Chinese police yesterday deported 69 Chinese nationals for allegedly being involved in Voice-over-IP scams in Svay Rieng’s Bavet city.
Lieutenant General Uk Heisela, GID director in charge of the investigation department, said all 69 were arrested on January 21 for scamming Chinese citizens in China.
Lt Heisela noted the Chinese government sent two airplanes, along with 150 Chinese police officers to handle the deportation of the 69 suspects.
“We had to arrest them and deport them back to their country,” he said, noting that he told deportees to review potential employers before accepting a job in the Kingdom. “This is the first [batch of deportees] of 2019.”
According to the GID, 14,909 foreigners from 93 different countries have been deported from the Kingdom since 2014. Among them, 1,649 Chinese nationals have been deported for allegedly committing economic crimes.
In a press conference Friday morning, Chinese Ambassador Wang Wentian said Chinese and Cambodian government officials are monitoring Chinese criminal activities in the Kingdom.
“China has set this year to be the year of law enforcement cracking down on Chinese people who commit acts of crime,” Mr Wang said. “Both of our countries consider this year as the year of law enforcement cooperation between Cambodia and China.”
“We will crack down on the activities of criminals, such as online gambling [operators], VoIP scammers, fake product [sellers] and such,” he added. “I want to remind the offenders that officials from both countries are allies […] we know Cambodia is a lawful country – they are committed to cracking down on crimes.”