Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pailin official charged for cheating villagers

Pailin official charged for cheating villagers

Pailin official charged for cheating villagers

A commune council member in Pailin province was put in pre-trial detention on Saturday after he was arrested for cheating dozens of villagers in Salakrav district out of nearly $90,000.

Provincial court spokesman Thol Kemhoeng said on Sunday that Steung Kach commune council member Eng Long, 53, was arrested on Thursday after 49 villagers filed a complaint accusing him of taking between $2,000 and $5,000 from each of them with a promise to include their name in the provincial police’s payroll.

“[Eng Long] has been charged with fraud under Article 378 of the Criminal Code after he admitted to the victims’ accusation,” he said.

The complaint filed by O’roel village chief Kong Srey on behalf of the villagers said Long had lied to them that the provincial police were recruiting more would-be police officers and that he was authorised to nominate villagers. The complaint said Long disappeared after receiving the money.

“Eng Long used his position as a Steung Kach commune councilor to cheat the people and my son by saying that the Pailin provincial police station is hiring many police officers. He claimed he was the one who had the power to include the name of villagers into the list of the provincial police.

“He said villagers would need to put down a deposit of at least $2,000. But after receiving our money, Eng Long had vanished from sight,” Srey said.

Salakrav district police chief Ry Dara said on Sunday that Long was arrested while he was leaving a casino compound next to the Cambodian-Thai border.

He said Long had admitted receiving a total of $89,500 from Srey which he spent on gambling and drinking parties. Hence, he could not repay the villagers.

“I have received $89,500 from O’roel village chief Kong Srey who is also the representative of 49 villagers. I have spent the money on gambling and parties with friends,” Dara said, reading Long’s confession obtained during questioning at the district police station.

If convicted, Long faces a prison sentence of up to three years and a fine of up to six million riel ($1,500).

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer

  • Singapore backs Cambodia's efforts on Myanmar

    Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong supports Cambodia in its efforts to seek a solution to the ongoing Myanmar crisis as the chair of ASEAN. Lee expressed his support during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen via videoconference on January 14, with the talks focused