Freedom of prisoner offered for cash: police

Freedom of prisoner offered for cash: police

A 52-year-old woman was charged with fraud by the Tbong Khmum Provincial Court on Saturday for allegedly cheating a man out of more than $15,000 by promising to use the money and her connections to secure the release of his son from prison, police said yesterday.

Major Nguon Chan, deputy commander of the Tbong Khmum Provincial Military Police, said that suspect Ouch Touch, of Tbong Khmum district, was charged by the provincial court prosecutor under Article 377 of the Penal Code, which carries a potential sentence of between six months and three years in prison, and up to $1,500 in fines.

Touch was arrested by military police last Thursday and is currently in pre-trial detention.

According to Chan, Touch was arrested based on a complaint from Hen Yuk, 58, the father of an inmate at Trapaing Thloeng Prison named Hen Chhorn, who is serving a five-year sentence after being convicted of motorbike theft last year.

Yuk alleged that Touch had presented herself as having many contacts among court, police and prison officials, and promised to secure Chhorn’s release.

“She took $15,600 from the victim and promised that she would take it to bribe the court’s officers and other related police officials to release the victim’s son, who was in prison,” Chan said.

“But since getting the money from the victim until now, she has not been able to release him from prison as promised. Besides this, she also did not return the money back to the victim,” he added.

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