Police Phnom Penh and the province of Svay Rieng have arrested a bogus police officer who cheated his girlfriend out of a motorbike and an iPhone.
Captain Sok Meng , a Por Senchey district penal police officer, said the accused was Nak Phearak, 32, who was unemployed.
Mr Phearak allegedly pretended to be a police captain in the district.
Cap Meng said that last month, Mr Phearak got to know a 26-year-old garment worker from Kakab 1 commune through Facebook.
After chatting with each other on Facebook Messenger, they became girlfriend and boyfriend.
Cap Meng said the couple arranged to meet near the district police station at about 9pm on February 14.
The victim drove her Honda C125 motorbike to pick up Mr Phearak. Later, they drove to visit her parents in Kampong Cham’s Batheay district.
Capt Meng said at about 4pm on February 15 after returning to Phnom Penh, Mr Phearak borrowed the motorbike and her iPhone worth $150, to visit his friend who he claimed was a policeman and worked with him at Por Senchey district.
“After he has received the victim’s motorbike and iPhone, he drove off on the motorbike and fled,” Cap Meng said. “The victim waited for him near the police station until about 7pm that day, but she did not see him coming back. She could not contact him. She filed a complaint against him with district police.”
Mr Phearak was arrested on Saturday near the Cambodian-Vietnamese border in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city. After his arrest, he was transferred to police in Por Senchey district for questioning.
Colonel Yim Sarann, chief of district police, yesterday said Mr Phearak is accused of using a uniform similar to police and of fraud. He could be jailed for up to three years if convicted.
He will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning today.