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Malaysian man stands trial over embezzlement charge

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Tan Chee Kuong Christopher leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. KT/ Siv Channa

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court today tried a case of a Malaysian man, a former employee at a Malaysian-owned real estate company, accused of embezzling more than $840,000 from the company between 2018 and 2019.

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Judge Seng Leang identified the accused as Christopher Tan Chee Kuong, 49, former head of a sales team working with North Park company in Sen Sok district’s O’Bek Ka’am commune.

Judge Leang said that Chee Kuong was charged with “breach of special trust by administrators or other persons” under article 393 of the Criminal Code. If convicted, he faces between two to five years in jail.

Judge Leang added that Chee Kuong was arrested on March 4 last year after he was sued by the North Park owner.

He noted that Chee Kuong began working as a salesman with the North Park in early 2016. He was later promoted as head of the sales team in 2018. Judge Leang said Chee Kuong had the right to collect money from the company’s clients who paid installment for their condos.

Judge Leang noted that between November 2018 and February 2019, Chee Kuong embezzled more than $840,000 from the company.
Judge Leang said that Chee Kuong’s scandal was revealed when 18 clients who purchased the condos told the company representative that they paid the money to him for four months.

At yesterday’s trial, Chee Kuong admitted committing offense. He confessed that he had stolen more than $210,000.

Chee Kuong said that he stole money because he had to support his family in Malaysia.

“I acknowledged that I embezzled more than $210,000 from the company, not $ 840,000 as claimed by the company’s owner,” Chee Kuong told the court today.

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