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Interior Ministry probes senior police officer over corruption

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The Interior Ministry is investigating several complaints that the Fire and Rescue Police Department’s deputy director allegedly cheated several people out of thousands of dollars after promising them jobs in the government.

A senior police officer at the ministry, who declined to be named, yesterday said it had received more than 10 complaints against Brigadier General Nget Hoeun from people who claimed that he cheated them last year.

“I received information that there were more than 10 people who have sued Brig Gen Hoeun for taking their money and not providing them with the jobs as promised,” he said, noting that it was a personal matter and had nothing to do with the department.

According to social media posts, one of the victims was Brig Gen Hoeun’s nephew-in-law Chek Cheat, 40.

Mr Cheat, who filed a complaint with Interior Minister Sar Kheng last month, claimed he lent his wife’s uncle $70,000 on December 17, 2018 after being told that he needed the money to lobby to become Battambang province deputy governor.

In the complaint, Mr Cheat said that his uncle-in-law promised him a position as his assistant once he secured the deputy governor’s post.

He said Brig Gen Hoeun assured him that he knew many high-level government officials and would be able to secure the position.

“He told me that he had already arranged with Sak Setha [a secretary of state at the Interior Ministry] to secure the deputy governor post and I gave him the money because I believed him,” the complaint said.

Mr Cheat said that he decided to file the complaint because several months had passed and his uncle-in-law had not secured the post.

“I just want my $70,000 back and if he does not repay me I will sue him in court,” he said. “If he pays me back I will withdraw my complaint against him.”

Major General Neth Vantha, department director, yesterday confirmed that Brig Gen Hoeun is his deputy.

“I know that there are many cases alleging that he took money from people by promising government positions,” he said. “I urge him to solve the problem with those people and although it is a personal case his action can affect the reputation and honour of the department and the police force.”

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