Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a gas station general manager who allegedly cooked the books and embezzled nearly $19,000 to feed his gambling habit.
Captain Ly San, a police officer in Chbar Ampov district, identified the accused as Ven Vuthy, 25, who worked at a PTT gas station in the district. He was charged with breach of trust.
He said that Mr Vuthy was arrested on Friday after the gas station owner made a police report the previous day.
Cap San said that according to owner El Lyfas, 38, the accused was first employed as a sales executive in 2016 and was promoted to general manager and accountant last year.
He said that according to Ms Lyfas, the accused was entrusted to keep money collected from gas sales on behalf of the company.
Cap San said that between January and this month, Mr Vuty allegedly siphoned off $18,988 from the company by falsifying income and expenditure reports.
“The owner of company came to know about the embezzlement after she conducted audits on the accused’s reports,” he said. “She confronted him on Thursday and he admitted to taking the money.”
“When she found that the accused was unable to return the sum, she lodged a police report the following day,” he added.
Another district police officer, who did not want to be named, said that during his interrogation, Mr Vuthy said he took the money to gamble.
“He confessed that he was a gambler. He stole the money to bet on the recent World Cup matches and to play in casinos, but he lost everything,” he said.
He added that the accused had promised to repay the owner.
Mr Vuthy is now in prison pending his trial.