National Military Police on Tuesday arrested a high-ranking soldier and his wife who allegedly cheated several people in Kampong Thom province out of more than $100,000 after promising them non-existent jobs as military or police officers.
Brigadier General Eng Hy, National Military Police spokesman, yesterday identified them as Brigadier General Khuon Sovann, from the Defence Ministry, and his wife Try Nath.
“We arrested them on Tuesday in Phnom Penh and we have sent them to the military court for questioning,” he said.
Brig Gen Hy said the couple was arrested after police received complaints from several villagers in the province’s Baray district.
Men Hong, military court deputy prosecutor, yesterday said they were still questioning Brig Gen Sovann and Ms Nath and he could not comment on the case.
He noted that they will be charged today.
A Kampong Thom provincial military police officer, who declined to be named, yesterday said that the couple allegedly collected between $1,500 and $6,000 from several villagers in the district, but could not give the number of victims or the total amount collected.
He said that after collecting the money Brig Gen Sovann and Ms Nath did not provide the villagers with the jobs as promised and refused to refund their money, prompting them to file complaints.
“Some of those who were cheated had sold their cows, buffaloes or land to pay the suspects,” the officer noted.
Brigadier General Hang Thol, Kampong Thom provincial military police commander, yesterday said that the villagers did not file a complaint with his office but with the national military police.
He advised people not to fall for such job scams.
“Please be wary about such job offers,” Brig Gen Hang said. “All armed forces and police units which require personnel always advertise the vacancies.”