Thursday, 20 August 2009

Fake Cambodian 'general' charged with fraud, forgery

Wed, 19 Aug 2009
Author : DPA

Phnom Penh - A confidence trickster posing as a two-star general in Prime Minister Hun Sen's elite bodyguard unit has been charged with fraud, forgery and using illegal weapons, local media reported Wednesday. Meng Sarith, 42, was arrested after police were told that one victim had paid him 4,500 US dollars in exchange for the "general" using his supposed influence to free the payee's brother from jail.

The head of the Ministry of Interior's criminal police division, Mok Chito, told the Phnom Penh Post newspaper that Men Sarith is now awaiting trial in Phnom Penh.

"After questioning him, we realized that he was a fraudster who (posed) as a government councillor and had fake identification cards pretending to be Hun Sen's bodyguard," Mok Chito told the newspaper.

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