Phnom Penh Municipal Court today tried four Taiwanese masterminds and 25 Thai nationals for allegedly operating VoIP scams from within Cambodia.
Presiding Judge Kor Vandy identified the Taiwanese as Chen Tungshou, 32; Lai Chiensyuan, 28; Fu Chi Jic, 29; and Lin Rueimin, 39, who allegedly ran the scams. He noted that the 25 Thai nationals, including eight women, were working for them.
He said that all 29 accused were charged with threats accompanied by extortion and also fraud with aggravating circumstances. They face up to three years in jail each if convicted.
Judge Vanday noted that the accused were arrested at about 9.30am on February 16 during a raid on a rental villa in Sen Sok district by military police in collaboration with Thai Interpol police.
“They were part of a foreign ring who came to Cambodia to hide from authorities from their own countries,” he said. “They posed as Thai police officers, postal department officials or court prosecutors to threaten and extort money, using VoIP, from people in Thailand.”
Judge Vanday noted that after their arrests, police seized several VoIP telephones, mobile phones and other equipment from them.
During trial, the four Taiwanese denied that they were the masterminds of the scam, claiming that they were computer technicians hired by two unidentified Chinese men to work in the villa.
Full story in Friday’s paper