Pailin Provincial Court yesterday charged a commune council member with cheating a village chief out of nearly $90,000 by promising to attain a job as a provincial police officer for her son.
Lieutenant Colonel Sok Piseth, deputy police chief of the general crimes department, identified the accused as Eng Long, 53, a council member in Sala Krau district’s Stung Kach commune.
He noted that the accused was arrested on Thursday and is charged with fraud. He faces up to three years in jail if convicted.
Lt Col Piseth said that in July, Mr Long persuaded Kong Srey, 59, to give him $89,500 to bribe provincial police officials to give her son a job as an officer.
He noted that the accused promised Ms Srey that her son would get the job within a month after she gave him the money.
“But after Mr Long received the $89,500 from Ms Srey, he did not seek the job for her son as promised,” Lt Col Piseth said. “When Ms Srey demanded her money back, he told her he could not repay her because he lost it all gambling in a casino.”
He noted that on September 25, the victim filed a lawsuit at Pailin Provincial Court to recover her money.
Lt Col Piseth said police arrested Mr Long on Thursday after the court issued a warrant against him after failing to appear twice for questioning.
He added that during his interrogation, the accused admitted taking the money from Ms Srey and losing it all at the casino.
Another police officer, who asked not be named, yesterday said the provincial police department was not recruiting officers.
He noted that any recruitment of policemen is only done by the Interior Ministry, which periodically advertises vacancies.