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Five on trial over lucky draw scam

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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.”

Ms Channary said that she did not send the $2,000 and the accused kept phoning her to send it.

She added that on December 11, she told a friend what happened and was advised to report the matter to police.

The next day, she lodged a report and police arrested the four accused at the address which they had given to Ms Channary.

Ms Pisey admitted calling the victim after Mr Emeka gave her the telephone number and asked her to do so.

She claimed that she did not know the four Nigerians were scamming Ms Channary and urged the court to drop her charge and free her from prison.

The four accused Nigerians denied cheating the victim. A verdict is due September 14.

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