Kampong Cham provincial police are hunting a police colonel and son of a high-ranking immigration official over his alleged involvement in a jobs scam that defrauded 39 people out of more than $140,000.
The provincial court has issued an arrest warrant for Col Hem Chakrya, who works within the Interior Ministry’s general department of immigration, where his father Lieutenant General Hem Theng is a deputy director.
Kampong Cham provincial police chief Em Kosal said Col Chakrya’s whereabouts are currently unknown, but noted police are seeking to arrest him based on the warrant issued on Monday.
“We are cooperating with other units to find and arrest him,” Mr Kosal said.
The arrest warrant links Col Chakrya to a scheme that has already seen a monk defrocked and jailed.
Last month, Seng Sary was defrocked and jailed on fraud charges for allegedly cheating nearly 40 people out of $140,267 by collecting money from them on the promise that he would bribe police officials to get them jobs with the National Police.
Two days before his arrest, Mr Sary posted a Facebook comment on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s page, claiming he had been deceived by Col Chakrya, the mastermind behind the scheme.
“The people that I introduced to Mr Chakrya have now made a legal complaint against me,” Mr Sary said in his Facebook post. “Please Prime Minster Hun Sen help find justice for me.”
Lt Gen Theng said yesterday that he does not support any illegal activity committed by anyone, including his own son.
“I hope the court takes action according to the law,” he said. “I will not defend or intervene on behalf of my son who broke the law.”