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Accountant on trial for stealing

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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The former chief accountant of a vehicle tire firm in Phnom Penh was yesterday tried for stealing more than $226,000 from her employers by forging official reports between 2015 and 2017.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Ky Rithy identified the accused as Pin Sotheavy, 45, who was employed by VNR Import Export Company.

VNR’s general manager Kruy Vireak said Ms Sotheavy was hired as chief accountant at the firm in June 2014.

She was responsible for overseeing money collected from clients throughout the country on behalf of the company.

Mr Vireak said that between January 2015 and May 2017 Ms Sotheavy stole a total of $226,906 from the company by producing fake income and expenditure reports.

“The owner knew that she stole the money after she did not submit monthly income and expenditure reports to the company for three months,” he told the court. “After checking receipts collected from clients, the company found a total of $226,906 had been lost.”

He said the company is seeking $226,906 in damages and another $50,000 in compensation from Ms Sotheavy.

At yesterday’s trial, Ms Sotheavy denied the allegations, but confessed to borrowing money from the firm.

“I admit that I borrowed $11,000. But I did not steal the company’s money,” she told the court. “The company is owned by relatives – a husband, wife and brother-in-law. They exploited the money themselves and dropped the accusations on me.”

“I am innocent. I would like to ask the court to drop the charges and release me,” she added.

She was charged with breach of trust and faces from two to five years in prison if convicted.

The verdict is due on December 26.

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