The former chief accountant of an import-export company in Phnom Penh was yesterday sentenced to 33 months in prison for stealing more than $226,000 from her employer by forging financial reports from 2015 to 2017.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Ky Rithy identified the accused as Pin Sotheavy, 45, the former chief account of VNR Import and Export Company, a private company selling automobile tires in Cambodia.
She was convicted of breach of special trust by administrators or other persons.
“The court orders her to pay a total of $226,906 to the owner of the company as the plaintiff,” the judge said.
The judge added that Ms Sotheavy was arrested by municipal military police on May 5 after being sued by VNR general manager Kruy Vireak, who also acted as the company’s representative.
Mr Vireak said Ms Sotheavy started working with his company as its chief accountant in June 2014, and it was her responsibility to supervise and safeguard all money collected from the clients located throughout the country.
From January 2015 to the day of her arrest, she stole a total of $226,906 from the company by producing fake company receipts as well as fake income and expenditure reports.
“We knew she stole the money after she did not submit the monthly income and expenditure reports to the president of the company for three months,” Mr Vireak said.
“After checking the receipts our salespeople had collected from clients and sent to her for keeping, and then verifying them with her, we found that a total of $226,906 had been lost.”
Ms Sotheavy denied the allegations, but confessed to borrowing $11,000 from the company, an amount that she still owes. “It’s not right. I will appeal the verdict,” she said.