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ACLEDA Bank credit officer faces charge

A credit officer from ACLEDA Bank has been charged with breach of trust in Kandal province following his arrest on Sunday, police said.

Eav Chamrouen, chief of the Kandal provincial police, said yesterday that the suspect – 28-year-old Oum Chea Socheat – remained in police custody and that the case had been forwarded to the Kandal provincial court. “I sent the suspect … to the court already and the case is out of the hands of the police,” Eav Chamroeun said.

Sin Chen, director of ACLEDA’s Kandal provincial branch, said the bank was still investigating the case and was unsure of how much money had allegedly been lost at the hands of Oum Chea Socheat. Prom Visoth, head of legal and corporate affairs for ACLEDA, said the bank was in the process of reviewing documents related to Oum Chea Socheat’s work.

“I don’t know about the amount of money that Oum Chea Socheat took from the bank because we are still checking the documents,” he said.

A local media outlet reported this week that ACLEDA had been taken for more than US$200,000 in the alleged scheme, though Prom Visoth said he did not know where that figure had come from.

ACLEDA president In Channy declined to comment on the case yesterday.

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