Preah Vihear Provincial Court on Monday charged a border police officer with extorting money from three people after posing as a forestry official and a deputy prosecutor.
Provincial police chief Yin Chamnan identified the accused as Ear Hoklim, 39, who lives in Choam Ksan district’s Toek Krahom commune.
Mr Chamnan said the accused was arrested on Saturday following reports from the victims.
He said that on July 1, the accused first phoned Leng Toun and claimed to be a notorious robber who had just been released from jail. He threatened to kill Mr Toun’s family unless he was paid $1,000. The victim pleaded for time and lodged a police report.
Mr Chamnan said that on July 6, the accused phoned a timber merchant and posed as the chief of the provincial forest administration. He demanded that he be paid $500 monthly.
Mr Chamnan said the victim, whose name he declined to provide, suggested that the accused contact another merchant known as Mr Eng.
“The accused called Mr Eng and said that he was the provincial deputy prosecutor,” he said. “He demanded a monthly payment of $500, but Mr Eng promised to pay a reduced amount of $100.”
Both merchants lodged police reports, he noted.
“The accused is now being jailed pending trial,” he added. “It’s a serious crime because he cheated the victims while posing as a civil servant.”