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Foreign money mules nabbed at Siem Reap airport with $2.2 million

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Two South Korean nationals were arrested on Sunday for trying to bring a total of $2.2 million in cash into the Kingdom without proper provenance for the money.

Immigration police nabbed the pair, Yoon Wongi and Song Hyunhoo, upon their arrival at Siem Reap International Airport’s Customs and Excise Department on July 7. They were toting $2.2 million in bundles of $100 and $50 banknotes.

According to police report, the two South Korean men entered Cambodia on a flight from Hong Kong. The pair was taken to the Department of Investigation and Procedure, and the money was temporarily stored at the Customs and Excise Office at Siem Reap International Airport.

Sok Phal, secretary of state for Ministry of Interior, said the two men are currently detained at the provincial court for further legal procedures in accordance with the law.

He noted that in a similar case, the judge would take action based on the laws on money laundering, fighting the financing of terrorism, and other legal instruments in Cambodia.

“As suggested by Interior Minister Sar Kheng, the provincial court will investigate  this case and see why they brought such an amount of money into Cambodia,” he said.

In May, police at Phnom Penh airport have also confiscated some $4.3 million in two separate cases from the Chinese people who also imported the money from Hong Kong.

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