Kampong Thom Provincial Court has charged nine Duvera Kitchen Cambodia employees with fraud and placed them in pre-trial detention for luring customers to their office through the promise of a free power bank in order to solicit over-priced products.
The employees were arrested last week by Stung Sen city police and later forwarded to provincial police, who then sent them to court over the scam.
After police began receiving complaints filed by Stung Sen city residents, they made the arrests last week and also closed the company.
“We received complaints from a victim and our officers cooperated with the provincial minor crimes bureau to raid the suspects’ office,” said Colonel Nhem Chhunly, chief of Stung Sen city police. “After the arrest, we sent the suspects to the provincial police for questioning.”
Ith Sothea, chief prosecutor with the provincial court, said yesterday that the nine were charged with fraud on Friday and jailed pending trial.
Mr Sothea added that three other suspects remain at large.
“There are a total of 12 identified suspects in the whole scamming operation and we arrested nine,” he said. “After they were questioned, I sent them to a judge who decided to put them in pretrial detention. Right now, we are looking for the three others who remain at large. We believe they were the ringleaders.”
According to a complaint filed by an unnamed victim, employees of Duvera Kitchen Cambodia lured him to their hotel room in Damrey Choan Khla Hotel promising a free power bank.
Upon arriving at the hotel room, which also served as a storage facility for various kitchen appliances and electronics, the suspects began soliciting products instead of giving the victim his prize.
In the complaint, the victim said the suspects also set up a false lucky-draw challenge to entice customers into purchasing Duvera Kitchen Cambodia’s overpriced products. When he refused, the suspects remained persistent and insisted the victim pay a deposit instead.