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Group busted over recruitment scams

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
Authorities speak with some of the men arrested. Supplied

Kampong Speu and Kandal Provincial Military Police yesterday paraded 10 suspects arrested over the forging of a litany of government documents and bribery in a scheme to offer people jobs in the military or as doctors in factories.

Kong Sotharin, deputy chief of the national military police’s justice commissariat, paraded the suspects in front of the press yesterday during a briefing on the case in Kampong Speu.

Mr Sotharin said the suspects were pretending to be assistants of General Hun Manet, the Prime Minister’s son, to dupe people out of money to gain jobs in the military or as doctors in factories.

The group was also falsifying official government documents to issue to themselves and to customers.

The scheme mostly occurred in Kampong Speu Oudong and Thpong districts, he said, noting seven people were at first arrested and then led police to another three people involved.

Mr Sotharin identified the ringleader as Seng Saroeun, who convinced his underlings that he worked for the military.

Authorities display the fake documents seized. Supplied

“On October 12, 2017, our forces arrested Mr Seng Saroeun in front of Kompong Speu Referral Hospital and continued to search his house and found a K59 pistol, mission letter, military identification card, medical doctor degree, and driver’s licences, which were all fake, along with a computer for falsifying documents and two swords,” he said.

After questioning, Mr Saroeun confessed he made fake medical degrees, driver’s licences, mission letters and military identification cards, and that he had no role or rank in the military, Mr Sotharin said.

Kampong Speu provincial military police commander Chou Sarun appealed to citizens, especially young people willing to serve in the military, to ask and apply at sub-national military recruitment commissions.

Moreover, he also called on all garment factories to stringently check the backgrounds of doctor applicants.

The other nine people arrested included Seng Chanmony, Hem Sothea, Seng Sophat, Leng Theng, Seung Samnang, So Han, Hel Chan, Thy Buntheourn and Sun Souy.

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