Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Two held for falsely promising jobs at ministries

Two held for falsely promising jobs at ministries

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Air Force Command logistics assistant Mey Phanith (left) and another 49-year-old suspect were arrested for swindling people out of tens of thousands of dollars with promises of induction into the military framework under the Ministry of National Defence. FACEBOOK

Two held for falsely promising jobs at ministries

A woman logistics officer from the Air Force Command was sent to court on Monday for swindling people out of 490 million riel ($120,000) with promises of induction into the military framework under the Ministry of National Defence.

A warrant issued by Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor Khieu Phalla on July 31 ordered Mey Phanith, a 44-year-old logistics assistant at the Air Force Command, to appear for questioning by Thursday. The warrant identified the plaintiff as Sem Sitha.

Municipal police chief Sar Thet told The Post on Monday that Phanith was arrested on Sunday. “We sent her to court after questioning. Now it’s out of our hands,” he said.

Neither municipal court prosecutor Khieu Phalla nor Presiding Judge Yich Chheanavy could be reached for comment on Monday.

Air Force Command spokesman Prak Sokha confirmed to The Post on Monday that Phanith had allegedly pocketed more than $120,000 from some 20 victims who hoped to serve in the military framework under the ministry.

He said the alleged fraud began in February last year.

“She processed the paperwork for the victims to enter the army. This is an individual matter, nothing to do with the Air Force Command. We do not protect anyone who breaks the law as in her case. What she did was against the internal statutes of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF),” he said.

In a separate case, the Ministry of Interior detained a man on Saturday for swindling people out of more than 1.5 billion riel with promises of employment at the ministry.

Keng Sokun, the deputy chief of the Interior ministry’s penal police department, told The Post on Monday that the 49-year-old suspect had allegedly deceived his victims by claiming he had close relations with senior government officials.

“He has been summoned for clarification. If he is found to be involved with fraud and breach of trust as alleged, he has to face the court,” he said.

A warrant issued on Friday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor Keo Sothea ordered the suspect to appear at the interior ministry’s penal police department by August 26 for questioning concerning fraud and breach of trust. The warrant identified the plaintiff as Mok Chanthy.

Sokun said police were hunting more suspects involved in the case. “Let the police handle it first. We are looking for more of his accomplices,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • CNRP supporters rally in the streets of Tokyo

    Supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Monday rallied on the streets of Tokyo, demanding Prime Minister Hun Sen’s resignation and urging the Japanese government to “save democracy in the Kingdom”. Some 400 protesters in the rally, which was organised by

  • Over 100 Chinese nationals to be deported for online scam

    The Ministry of Interior is planning to deport 128 Chinese nationals after they were arrested in Preah Sihanouk province on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in an online money extortion scam. Y Sokhy, the head of the Department of Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime, told The Post

  • LPG gas explosion injures 13 people, including foreigners, in Siem Reap

    An explosion on Wednesday at a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) car and tuk-tuk refuelling station in Siem Reap city has left 13 people, including an American and a Briton, suffering burns. The seven most severely burned, including a provincial police officer, were sent to a Thai

  • The French mother navigating the capital in her own personal tuk-tuk

    French woman Cecile Dahome gracefully manoeuvres her tuk-tuk through the manic streets of Phnom Penh with the precision of a Japanese katana before a herd of motorcyclists, attempting to perform illegal U-turns, cuts her off. The riders, like baby ducklings following their mother’s tracks,