A Nigerian businessman was charged yesterday by the municipal court with laundering more than $900,000 in Cambodia.
Seng Pesith, a police officer with the anti-terrorism and transnational crimes department, identified the accused as Goo Bluck Komobia, 35, who faces money laundering charges and two to five years in jail if convicted.
Mr Pesith said Mr Komobia was arrested on December 1 and has been jailed pending his trial following the charges.
According to police, Mr Komobia has a Cambodian wife named Kim Srey Khuoch.
In 2013, Mr Komobia and his Nigerian friend named Bello, who remains at large, asked Ms Khuoch to create a local bank account so that friends could transfer them money from the United States.
In December 2017, Mr Komobia told Ms Khuoch to withdraw the money from the account.
After getting the money, Ms Khuoch was to take it to her husband so that he could deposit it into his own bank account and send it back to friends in the US, but police arrested his wife before she could deliver him the money.
Ms Khuoch then cooperated with police and helped them arrest her husband before being released.