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Tong tin chief arrested for breach of trust

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Kandal Provincial Court on Wednesday charged and detained the chief of a tong tin savings group after she was accused of stealing over $20,000 from nearly 100 members of the group.

Deputy Chief of Muk Kampuol district police Maj Chuon Seng identified the accused as Nguon Sreytouch, 41, a grocer living in Russey Chroy village, in Russey Chroy commune, Muk Kampuol district.

Maj Seng said Sreytouch was charged with “fraud and breach of trust” under Articles 377, 378, 391 and 392 of the Criminal Code.  If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison.

He noted that Ms Sreytouch was arrested on June 22 after she was sued by 93 members of the group.

Maj Seng told Khmer Times yesterday that according to victims complaint, in May, 2018, Sreytouch formed a tong tin group with 93 members and was chosen by the group members as the chief.

Consequently, she was responsible for collecting and keeping the savings collected from all group members and paying the interest earned from the pooled money back out.

Maj Seng said that between May 23, 2018 and November 29 last year, after collecting over $20,000 from the group members, she fled.

“When she disappeared, the victims tried to search for her but they could not find her. They later lodged a complaint against her to district police,” he said.

He noted that on Tuesday, Sreytouch returned home. She was seen by one of the victims, who notified the group.

The group then brought her directly to police in Muk Kampuol district police for justice.

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