A man was yesterday arrested for cheating people out of cash by promising them jobs with heritage authorities and police in Siem Reap.
Chean Sambath, 36, who used to work for the Apsara Authority, is accused of extorting at least eight people in exchange for jobs that never materialised.
Pheong Chenda Reth, chief of the Siem Reap police minor crimes unit, said the deception first took place at the end of last year.
“The suspect used to work at the Apsara Authority. During that time, he told people he could help them to get a job with the authority if they paid him $500 to $700 each,” he said.
The police chief said the suspect was sacked from Apsara when the case came to light and was required to repay the money to the victims.
“After leaving Apsara, this cheater played another trick on people, telling them he knew high-ranking officials who could find them jobs as police officers,” Mr Chenda Reth said.
“This convinced unemployed people to give him money in exchange for a job. But the jobs never came and the suspect escaped,” Mr Chenda Reth said.
Mun Sana and Klinh Sorheu, both aged 21, filed police complaints against the suspect on July 6, for allegedly cheating them out of $3,600 in exchange for positions as heritage police.
Apsara spokesman Long Kosal said the organisation had also filed a lawsuit against Mr Sambath at the end of last year.
Mr Kosal said: “We at Apsara laud the authorities’ actions to bring the suspect to justice because this case damaged our reputation. We have clear evidence relating to this fraudster and we will take action.”
He also called on people with evidence of corrupt officials at Apsara to report the offenders so the law could deal with them.
Mr Chenda Reth said police were preparing the case against Mr Sambath, who would appear in court soon.