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Foreigners arrested on suspicion of fraud

POLICE arrested two foreigners on suspicion of credit card fraud in Svay Rieng province on Sunday, said Loeuk Vannak, deputy chief of the Ministry of Interior’s Penal Department.

The two men, Igrah Dennis Choice, 40, and Gospel Arthur, 34, were both arrested at Svay Rieng’s Bavet border crossing, allegedly en route to Vietnam, said Loeuk Vannak, who led the police operation that seized the men.

After the arrests, police confiscated a computer that had information of customer bank accounts in France, Italy and other countries.

The men were held temporarily at the police station for interrogation and were to be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for further questioning on Wednesday afternoon.

Loeuk Vannak said the two men had denied any involvement in fraudulent activities, but that there was enough evidence to substantiate charges against them.

“We have enough evidence to present to the court to press charges against them,” he said.

The Penal Department has been conducting investigations for two months after receiving orders from the ministry to search for suspects that were involved in credit card irregularities in Cambodian supermarkets.

He added that the case was “complicated” and that the police chief had requested technical assistance from the FBI.

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