Kampot Provincial Military Police on Saturday arrested three Chinese nationals suspected of circulating fool’s gold and accused of possessing drugs.
Colonel Hong Rithy, deputy commander of the provincial military police, identified the three as 53-year-old Chung Hai Ming, 52-year-old Chin Hai Ming and 49-year-old Ou Litong.
Col Rithy said that at about 11.30am on Saturday, the three allegedly attempted to sell 62 pieces of counterfeit gold for $50,000 to 78-year-old Taing Ngim, a villager from Kampot city.
According to Col Rithy, Ms Ngim and her children suspected that the gold items were fake during negotiation.
Ms Ngim then stalled the negotiation process in order to keep the three Chinese nationals at her shop, as one of her children reported the incident to military police.
After receiving the complaint, police moved to arrest the three Chinese nationals, who were still at Ms Ngim’s home in Kampong Bay commune.
“They were arrested on Saturday by our military police officers. There is real proof that they were attempting to sell counterfeit gold to the victim,” Col Rithy said. “After they were arrested, police seized 62 pieces of fake gold items, three phones, one passport and a saw from them.”
“After searching them, police also confiscated methamphetamine from Chin Hai Ming,” he said.
Col Rithy added that the three are accused of attempted fraud, circulating counterfeit gold and possession of drugs, noting that if convicted, the three could face up to five years in prison each.
He said the three are now detained at the provincial military police headquarters, and that they will be sent to the provincial court today.