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Bank manager charged with ATM scam

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused stole about $100,000. Supplied

The manager of Acleda bank’s ATM cards department was yesterday arrested and charged with stealing $100,000 from his employer.

Leang Sara, 37, was accused of theft by prosecutors at Phnom Penh Municipal Court. He faces between six months and three years behind bars if convicted.

Bun Visal, a police officer with the municipal minor crimes unit in Phnom Penh, said Mr Sara was apprehended after a complaint from the bank.

He is accused of stealing the cash gradually over a five-year period, using an ATM card he had produced for himself.

The suspect was initially employed as an officer in charge of data management and ATM card codes in 2012, later being promoted to manager of the bank’s ATM cards department.

The bank allegedly became aware of Mr Sara’s activities after discovering unexplained losses and launching an investigation into staff ATM cards.

“The suspect has now been sent to prison awaiting further investigations,” Mr Visal said.

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