Four Nigerian men and a Cambodian woman yesterday went on trial at Phnom Penh Municipal Court for allegedly cheating a Cambodian woman out of $1,000 after informing her that she won prizes worth $50,000 in a UK-based company’s lucky draw.
Judge Koy Sao identified the accused men as Iloanya Clancy Emeka, 30, Mmadu Ugonna, 25, Okwor Goduain Chima, 35, and Obi Elvis Kemechukwuy, 35, and the woman as Sum Pisey, 35. They are charged with fraud and face up to three years in jail each if convicted.
Judge Sao said they were arrested on December 12 last year after the victim Moch Channary, 24, lodged a report that they had scammed her into paying $1,000 for paperwork needed for the prizes to be delivered.
He noted that after their arrests, police seized three motorbikes, four laptops, 13 mobile phones, 16 simcards, six expired Nigerian passports and several cloned ATM cards.
Ms Channary yesterday told the court that on December 7, she received multiple phone calls from a Cambodian woman and two Nigerians telling her that she had won a laptop, an iPhone 6, and jewellery worth a total of $ 50,000.
“They told me that I won the grand prize in the draw and asked me to send $1,000 through True Money to an address they provided before they could send me the prizes,” she said. “I sent the money the same day, but the next day they called me again and told me to send them another $2,000 needed to complete the delivery process.”
Full story in Friday’s paper