Official Charged With Misappropriating Funds

The deputy director of the Preah Sihanouk provincial tax branch who was arrested for corruption last week was on Friday charged with the misappropriation of public funds, an official confirmed Sunday. Phy Rith, who was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on Wednesday, was charged by the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court under Article 592 of the penal code, provincial prison director Sam Sophal said. … Article 592 of the penal code pertains to public officials who “demand or receive as entitlements, duties or taxes of any sum known not to be due” to them, and to officials who grant exemptions to payable duties or taxes. The crime is punishable by two to five years in prison and a fine of 4 million to 10 million riel, or about $1,000 to $2,500, according to the penal code. … The ACU last week also charged two staff members of the Mondolkiri provincial branch of Electricite du Cambodge for forging documents in order to pocket money collected from customers paying their bills.

Eang Mengleng