Police in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district yesterday arrested a retired Land Management Ministry official who allegedly extorted money from construction company owners in exchange for permission to carry out their projects in the district.
Captain Sok Meng, a district penal police officer, identified the suspect as Tai Eng, 75, living in Dangkor district’s Choeung Ek commune.
He noted that at about 10am on Wednesday, Mr Eng, posed as a ministry official and extorted between $100 and $300 from three construction company owners in Por Senchey district’s Samrong Krom commune in exchange for allowing them to build in the commune.
Cap Meng said that the victims, who became suspicious, reported the matter to the district police.
He added that after receiving the victims’ complaints, district police yesterday questioned Mr Eng and he admitted posing as a land management official.
“He was a former Land Management Ministry official, but he still wore the ministry’s uniform in order to extort money from people,” Cap Meng said. “He targeted those who were constructing houses or other buildings.”
Colonel Yim Sarann, district police chief, yesterday said that Mr Eng is still detained at the district police station for more questioning.
He said that the suspect is accused of wearing a uniform similar to police and also fraud.
Col Sarann said Mr Eng faces up to three years in jail if convicted and will be sent to the municipal court today.