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Duo charged over power scam

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:

Kampot provincial court yesterday charged a father and son over a scheme in which they posed as Electricite Du Cambodge officials and tried to sell electricity to an ice factory.

Choum Buntheoun, a provincial police officer, identified the suspects as Touch Tip, 60, and his son Touch Tith, 33.

Mr Buntheoun said the court charged the duo with “activities causing misapprehension with the discharge of public function; unlawful use of uniforms designated for public authorities; and forgery of public documents.”

Mr Buntheoun said the father-son team donned fake uniforms on Tuesday, slapped a fake Ministry of Mines and Energy licence plate to their vehicle and visited the factory owner in Choum Kreal commune, where they attempted to hook up the factory’s electricity and strike a deal to collect monthly earnings.

Mr Buntheoun said that during the operation, a legitimate power company official spotted the suspects and notified police, who later arrested them.

“They have disguised themselves as EDC officials in the past and cheated people,” he said.
Mr Buntheoun said police seized the uniforms, fake ID cards and their car.

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