Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday convicted and sentenced two former police officers to five years imprisonment for forging public documents and officials’ signatures.
Presiding Judge Heng Kesaror identified the two men as Keo Savuth, 54, the former deputy chief of Boeung Tumpon commune police, and Suon Veasna, 46, a former traffic police officer in Meanchey district.
According to court documents, the men forged stamps and the signatures of the chief and deputy chief of Meanchey District Police in December 2016, producing forged family books for villagers in the district.
Their scheme was discovered after the villagers took the family books to apply for birth certificates, leading to their arrest in May.
During their trial on July 2, both men admitted to the crimes.
Mr Veasna confessed that he was Mr Savuth’s accomplice, saying the pair charged $80 per forged family book since 2015.
Mr Veasna added that they produced three forged books before being caught.
“To issue a forged family book for villagers, I took $80 from them,” he said during the trial. “I kept $40 and the other $40 went to Mr Savuth.”