Kandal Provincial Court yesterday charged a journalist with fraud for collecting more than $10,000 from seven people whom he promised jobs with the National Police.
According to court documents, Mach Panha, 35, was charged with fraud and Judge Ngoun Vuthy placed him in pre-trial detention today. If convicted, the accused faces six months to three years behind bars.
A provincial police report said Mr Panha, a journalist, contacted deputy chief of Ponhea Leu district police Major Orm Sophat and asked him to issue a family book for his nephew to help him get a National Police job.
Mr Panha lied about his identity to Maj Sophat, claiming that he was Lim Sakhana, an advisor for Pen Vibol, director of the personnel department at the Ministry of Interior.
Mr Panha told Maj Sophat that he could also help get his son a job with the National Police if he paid him about $1,500.
Mr Panha also urged Maj Sophat to inform others that he could secure them police jobs in exchange for the money.
In total, Maj Sophat and six other victims paid about $17,350 to Mr Panha, according to the police report.
Full story in Wednesday’s paper