The Interior Ministry’s Immigration Department has announced the deportation order of 18 Chinese nationals suspected of running online scams from Sihanoukville.
Hun Sorithy, Preah Sihanouk immigration bureau chief, said on Friday that an investigation was conducted by the General Immigration Department following a tip-off from Chinese police.
Mr Sorithy added that provincial police, along with the General Immigration Department, conducted a raid on a villa where the men were suspected of targetting Chinese citizens through online schemes.
“We cooperated with the General Immigration Department and the accused were sent to Phnom Penh for more questions,” Mr Sorithy said.
Khun Sambo, deputy director-general of the General Immigration Department, said on Friday that the raid yielded various scamming equipment.
“We are following international procedures by deporting them to answer for their crimes in the country where their victims are,” Mr Sambo said. “We seized computers, phones, routers and their schedules.”
Lieutenant General Uk Hai Seila, chief of investigations at the General Immigration Department, said that the suspects claimed to be technicians, but will be deported regardless. He noted that Chinese police will transport the men back to China from Phnom Penh International Airport.
“Chinese police will pick them up this week,” Lt Gen Hai Seila said. “We received a lead from the Chinese police some time ago and we began the investigation in Sihanoukville.”