A credit officer from a private microfinance company in Phnom Penh was on Saturday charged with stealing more than $2,750 from his employers to fund his gambling habit.
The suspect was identified as Soth Sopheaksophanu, 20, an employee of the Asian Credit Development Company in Sen Sok district.
Deputy district police chief Long Chantha said the microfinance company alerted police to Mr Sopheaksophanu’s activities last week.
The credit officer is accused of collecting the money from clients in Phnom Penh in July, but then failing to hand it over to the firm.
The company said they became aware of the theft in August.
They gave Mr Sopheaksophanu a month to pay the money back but contacted police when he failed to do so.
Mr Sopheaksophanu allegedly admitted stealing the cash and said he lost it gambling.
He was charged with breach of trust and faces up to three years in prison if convicted.
“According to his confession, he is a gambling addict,” Mr Chantha said. “He stole the money to play games but lost it all.”