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Traffic policeman is suspected of stealing $2M from company

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Traffic policeman is suspected of stealing $2M from company

The Phnom Penh Municipal Police said on Wednesday that they are questioning a traffic policeman after he was summoned to appear on suspicion of stealing $2 million from a company, while two suspects who were previously arrested for the same crime are being questioned by the prosecutor.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief Sar Thet said on Wednesday that criminal police had summoned the suspect, who works at the Municipal Traffic Office, to answer questions about his alleged involvement in receiving money from the two other suspects who were accused of stealing the $2 million.

One of the two who were previously arrested is a 37-year-old military lieutenant serving in the Bodyguard Department and the other one is a driver.

“We have not detained him yet. He received [money] from a woman, who we have since detained. We don’t know how deeply they are involved in the theft. After an investigation, we summoned him to be questioned and he confessed that he received the money, but claimed he did not know where it came from,” Thet said.

Last Thursday, criminal police from the Ministry of Interior, Phnom Penh criminal police and Svay Rieng provincial police arrested the driver, searched his house and seized $130,000 from him.

The soldier was arrested in Phnom Penh on Friday and $250,000 and a gun were seized.

Local media reported that the 41-year-old traffic policeman was arrested after police received a complaint on July 16 from the victim of the theft, Sam Chhay Van, 78, who is a director of a company called Chhay Van.

The report said the company’s accountant handed a check for $5 million to the soldier and a driver and told them to go and withdraw the money from CIMB Bank in the capital’s Daun Penh district.

Phnom Penh municipal court spokesman Y Rin said on Wednesday that the other two suspects had not yet been sent to the investigating judge. The municipal court prosecutor’s spokesman Kuch Kimlong said a prosecutor is currently questioning them.

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