The Department of Immigration has deported 16 Chinese nationals on Monday, including a suspected hard core criminal wanted for crimes in China.
In a related incident, another wanted Chinese national was arrested on a flight from Phnom Penh to Guangzhou as he attempted to disembark from a China Southern plane on landing at Baiyun International airport.
The Immigration Department said that the 15 suspects were arrested by the National Police for committing telecommunication fraud, while the wanted suspect was nabbed as he attempted to enter the country while fleeing Chinese police.
Thousands of Chinese nationals have now been deported from Cambodia in connection with VoIP scams, with the ban on online gaming forcing criminals to flee the country before being arrested by police.
Most of the expelled criminals face a ban of at least three years from re-entering Cambodia.
An immigration police official told Khmer Times, on condition of anonymity, that close cooperation and exchange of information from their Chinese counterparts has resulted in a number of wanted criminals being arrested in Cambodia.
He could not provide exact figures but stated that the number was not high but nevertheless a success because it prevented wanted criminals from taking refuge in Cambodia, either to evade Chinese law enforcement authorities or to set up criminal activities in Cambodia.