Man Admits to Stealing $150,000 From Employer

The chief accountant of a Cambodian bus company who was accused of stealing more than $1 million from his employer was charged on Wednesday after he confessed to stealing a smaller sum, a police official said.

Officials from the Interior Ministry’s penal department arrested Mak Monyroth, 38, at his home in Russei Keo district’s Tuol Sangke commune in Phnom Penh on Tuesday after investigating a complaint from COSK, the interprovincial bus company that employs Mr. Monyroth, department director Sok Khemarin said.

The complaint filed earlier this month claimed the suspect had used forged checks to steal the money last month, Mr. Khemarin said.

During questioning on Tuesday, Mr. Monyroth “denied he stole more than $1 million as the company owner found,” Mr. Khemarin said.

“He admitted stealing only $150,000.” Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Y Rin said the suspect had been charged with breach of trust, which occurs when money, valuables or property is misappropriated.

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