Battambang Provincial Court yesterday charged a police officer who allegedly cheated more than 50 people out of a total of $500,000 after promising to get them jobs as police officers in the Interior Ministry last year.
Major General Cheth Vanny, provincial deputy police chief, identified the accused as Sin Som, 46, a former major working with the provincial police living in Kamrieng district.
He said the accused was charged with fraud with aggravating circumstances and faces up to three years in jail if convicted. He was arrested in Tboung Khmum province on Friday and is now in prison pending trial.
Major Ly Socheath, a provinicial police officer, yesterday said that according to police investigations, Mr Som in May last year claimed he knew many high-ranking officials in the Interior Ministry and cheated 50 people in the district by convincing them that he could get them jobs in the ministry.
He said the accused asked each victim to pay him between $10,000 and $12,000 in advance for him to bribe the high-ranking officials.
Maj Socheath said that Mr Som promised the victims that they would secure jobs within three months after making payment.
“But after receiving the payments from victims, he used the money to gamble in casinos and lost it all,” he said. “After three months, he did not find the jobs for the victims as promised and did not have money to give them when they demanded repayment.”
Maj Socheath said Mr Som then fled to hide along the Cambodia-Vietnam border in Tboung Khmum province.
He said that in August last year the victims filed complaints against Mr Som with Battambang Provincial Court and the accused was found and arrested in Tboung Khmum province on Friday before being brought back to Battambang province.