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Fake competition fraudsters arrested

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Two of the five men who defrauded a man out of $5,000. Supplied

Five people have been arrested for cheating a businessman out of $5,000 by telling him he had won first prize in a competition in Svay Rieng province.

The suspects were detained on Friday following a complaint from Sim Cham, who was told he had won $50,000 from a fake company invented by the group.

The five told Mr Cham he must send them $5,000 via Wing money transfer to claim his prize, but after he sent them the cash, they disappeared.

The group initially called Mr Cham to tell him about his supposed win on August 11. They later visited him at home in Svay Chrum district, where they showed him fake documents confirming his prize.

Long Sarith, deputy chief of the provincial major crimes unit in Svay Rieng, identified the suspects as Prum Pheany, 18, Sea Vengseang, 22, Heng Sothun, 22, Sek Sopheak, 24, and Khin Phearum, 32.

All are accused of fraud and face between one and three years behind bars.

“They disappeared after they received $5,000 from the victim. They fled to hide in Phnom Penh,” he said.

“The victim later filed a lawsuit against them with provincial police.”

He added the five suspects were arrested at a guesthouse in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district in a joint raid carried out by provincial and city police. 

They have been temporarily detained at Svay Rieng police headquarters and will appear at the provincial court for questioning today.

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