Prey Veng Provincial Court on Saturday charged and jailed a wife and husband for stealing more than $115,000 from AMK Microfinance branch office for gambling.
Major Chea Seng, deputy chief of Prey Veng city police, identified the two accused as Som Angkea, 28, chief of the Finance Department at the AMK Microfinance branch office in Prey Veng province, and her husband Sok Sopheara, 30, owner of an engine shop. They lived in village IV in Prey Veng city’s Kampong Leav commune.
Maj Seng said that Ms Angkea was charged by the provincial court prosecutor with theft, while her husband, Mr Sopheara, was charged with accomplice to theft. They are both in pre-trial detention and face between six months and three years each in jail if convicted, he added.
Maj Seng noted that they were arrested on Thursday by Prey Veng city police after a complaint was filed against Ms Angkea by Pok Kongkearith, 34, who is the chief of the AMK Microfinance branch office in Prey Veng province.
Maj Seng said that Ms Angkea started working as the chief of accountant at the branch office in 2015. He noted that in her position, Ms Angkea oversaw the company’s finances, including keeping the money collected from clients.
Maj Seng added that in May, Ms Angkea, along with her husband, Mr Sopheara, stole $115,400 from the company to gamble in a casino, where they lost all the money.
“The representative of the company found out that she stole the money after she did not submit the monthly income and expenditure report to the company for a month,” he said. “After checking the receipts of all the money that the company had collected from clients and sent to her for keeping, the company found that there were a total of $115,400 missing.”
Maj Seng said that after discovering that Ms Angkea had stolen company money for personal use, Mr Kongkearith filed a complaint against her to Prey Veng city police, which led to her arrest on Thursday.
“After her arrest and during police interrogation, she confessed that she stole the company’s money and that it was her husband’s idea, who is a gambler,” Maj Seng said.
He said that based on Ms Angkea’s confession, police then also arrested her husband, Mr Sopheara, as an accomplice to theft.
Maj Seng added that Mr Sopheara confessed to taking the money for gambling and losing all the money.
Mr Angkearith could not be reached for comment yesterday.