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Taxi driver held for extortion

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The accused posed as a cop to extort club owners. Post News

Police in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Saturday arrested a taxi driver who posed as a police officer and extorted money from clubs in exchange for not inspecting the premises for drug use or other illegal activities.

Colonel Hour Mengvang, district police chief, yesterday identified the suspect as Pov Chanthy, 37, living in Por Senchey district’s Chom Chao commune.

He said that at about 2pm on Friday, Mr Chanthy posed as a representative of both Col Mengvang and the district governor and extorted $300 from a club owner in the district. He said the victim alerted police.

“He was a taxi driver but he posed as a police officer,” Col Mengvang said. “He used mine and the governor’s names to cheat and intimidate the owners.”

Col Mengvang said at about 4pm on Saturday, Mr Chanthy tried to extort $300 from Lor Bunchhoeun, 33, general manager of the Zouk Club in the district.

He said that the suspect told the victim he would later in the evening to collect the money.

Col Mengvang added that Mr Bunchhoeun alerted police who arrested Mr Chanthy in front of the club after he collected the money.

He noted that police confiscated the money and seized a motorbike and phone from him.

Captain Nhim Savuth, a district penal police officer, yesterday said that during his interrogation, Mr Chanthy admitted committing the offence.

“He confessed that before his arrest, he had extorted money at three entertainment centres,” he said. “He collected between $100 and $300 each time.”

Cap Savuth said Mr Chanthy is accused of using a uniform similar to police and also fraud.

He said the suspect faces up to three years in jail if convicted and will be sent to the municipal court today.

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