Apsara Authority is taking legal action against two men who posed as its officials and swindled a resident who wanted to have permits to get her home repaired within the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province.
In its statement on Friday, the Authority dismissed an allegation its officials received money from a villager who wanted to have her home repaired.
It said that two men seen taking money from a villager in a video clip posted by Facebook user Khan Chan Sophal were posing as Apsara Authority officials.
According to a clip, the two men allegedly received $2,000 from an unidentified woman after saying they will take the money and give it to the Apsara Authority in exchange for a permit for her to build a new house.
The statement said that according to a probe, the two men were not Apsara Authority officials, noting that people dwelling in Angkor park should apply for permission free of charge if they wanted to have their homes fixed or built.
“They can apply for permission to repair or build houses directly to the Apsara Authority Service Center or at city/district one window service offices where officials are working,” it said.
The statement said that villagers can apply directly to local authorities–districts, communes and villages in Angkor park where the Apsara Authority will go through and inspect all requests for home repairs.
“All legal permits related to repairs or construction are free of charge,” the statement said. “Apsara Authority wants to encourage people living in Angkor park to follow the law and make a request for repairs or building by not believing in someone’s propaganda.”
Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal yesterday said that the two imposters have been identified as investigation is underway.
“We are working on the issue and I cannot say more about this right now,” Mr Kosal said.