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Senior police officer tried over fraud

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Ngeth Sarin, an associate of the accused who witnessed payment to him. Fresh News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday in absentia tried a senior police officer who allegedly cheated a soldier out of $4,000 by promising he would get him a job.

Judge Say Sarun identified the accused as Colonel Keo Savatey, 51, a deputy chief at the Interior Ministry’s personnel department.

He added that Col Savatey did not attend the hearing and remains on bail.

Judge Sarun said that the accused is charged with fraud and faces up to three years in jail if convicted.

He noted that Col Savatey was sued by Kun Vean, 48, a soldier at the Preah Vihear Provincial Military Operation base, on January 19, 2016.

Mr Vean told the court yesterday that he was introduced to Col Savatey by Justice Newspaper publisher Seng Chhili, 57, and Defence Ministry officer Ngeth Sarin, 47, in early 2015.

He said the accused later persuaded him to work as a police officer with him at the Interior Ministry.

Mr Vean said that Col Savatey asked him to pay $4,000 so that he could bribe senior police officers at the ministry to secure the job.

He noted that the accused promised him that he would get the job within two months of paying the money.

Mr Vean said that on July 12, 2015, he paid the $4,000 to Col Savatey in Phnom Penh with Mr Chhili and Mr Sarin present as witnesses.

“But after he received the $4, 000 from me, he cheated me because he could not get the job for me as promised,” he said. “I tried to contact him to get my money back but could not and he has not repaid me until today.”

Mr Vean noted that he is seeking $4,000 in damages and $2,000 in compensation from Col Savatey.

A verdict is due October 22.

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