Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a woman who led a tong tin, or community savings group, for allegedly cheating 385 people out of more than $400,000 in Meanchey Market.
Major Sok Vichetr, an Interior Ministry penal police officer, identified the accused as Chan Sinuon, 34, a clerk at Meanchey District Hall living in the district’s Stung Meanchey I commune.
He noted that Ms Sinuon was arrested on Thursday and is charged with breach of trust. She faces up to three years in jail if convicted.
Maj Vichetr said that according to the victims’ police report, the accused initiated the tong tin group made of 385 members in March 2017.
He noted that Ms Sinuon was chosen as the leader of the group and was responsible for collecting monthly payments from members and paying monthly interests at the end of each year.
Maj Vichetr said that at the end of September this year, after collecting more than $400,000, the accused went missing.
He added that the group members tried to contact her and failed, prompting them to file a complaint with the ministry’s penal police on October 4.
Maj Vichetr said that on Wednesday morning, some members spotted Ms Sinuon going to work at the District Hall and alerted police who arrested her the following morning.
“She was detained in accordance with a court warrant issued against her,” he noted. “After her arrest, she was questioned by our police and sent to the municipal court for further questioning.”
Maj Vichetr added that Ms Sinuon is now in jail pending trial.