Kampong Speu Provincial Court yesterday charged a motodop driver with using forged notes to pay for a guesthouse room in the province.
Major Srun Heng, an officer with the provincial police, identified the accused as Dim Sarom, 41, living in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district. He was charged with circulating counterfeit currency and banknotes and faces up to five years jail if convicted.
Maj Heng said that at about 8pm on Tuesday, the accused went to stay at the Sreng Rothna Guest House in Samrong Tong district’s Sambor commune.
He was asked to pay an advance of $5 and handed over a fake $50 note to the owner.
“The owner knew that it was fake and did not accept it,” Maj Heng said. “He reported the matter to local police who later arrested the accused at the guesthouse.”
He added that police seized a total of $330 in counterfeited notes, five of which were in $50 and eight in $10 denominations. Police also seized his motorbike.
Maj Heng said that during his interrogation, the accused said he used the forged notes because he had run out of money.