A woman was arrested on Friday for allegedly scamming three monks from a pagoda in Poipet.
Local police said the monks were eager to become military police and customs officers at the Poipet international border. The suspect said she could speed up their recruitment in exchange for payment.
“Each monk was to pay her $2,700 dollars for the whole process,” said Im Sophearak, Poipet chief of police.
“One monk gave her $500 and another $700. Three monks were cheated.
“They had already left the monkhood in preparation to become military police and customs officers at the checkpoint.”
Mr Spheareak identified the suspect as Neang Thida, 52, from Kratie province.
She got to know the monks through phone calls.
“She used a technique known to be employed by con artists.
“At first she pretended to call the wrong number, then got to know the victims through the phone,” he said.
“The monks had to pay her through money transfer, but they became suspicious and asked her to come and collect the remaining amount at the pagoda, where she was arrested.”
The suspect is being questioned at the local police station.