A former military officer was jailed for five years yesterday for pretending to be a two-star general and cheating people by promising to help them get army jobs with Lieutenant General Hun Manet.
Nguon Seng Satya, 42, who served as a major with the Defence Ministry, was charged with fraud, forgery of public documents, unauthorised possessing of a weapon and unlawful use of a costume designated for public authorities.
Mr Seng Satya was arrested by military police in December last year in Phnom Penh.
A national military police report said that in November 2016, Mr Seng Satya dressed as a two-star-general and wore the uniform in public.
He forged military documents using the name of Lt Gen Manet, a son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, to recruit soldiers at the Defence Ministry in exchange for money.
Those wanting to be a soldier had to pay him between $500 and $1,000.
Mr Seng Satya was arrested in Phnom Penh’s 7 Makara district. Military police confiscated a pistol, bullets, a laptop, fake high-ranking military uniforms and military documents from his house.
Mr Seng Satya could not be contacted for comment yesterday but agreed he was guilty during his trial last month.
He said he forged the military documents and recruited soldiers because he wanted to make money.
“I used the name of General Hun Manet to recruit soldiers because he is a popular military commander. Many youths like him and want to work with him,” he said.