Pakistani Man Denies Stealing $49,000 in Poipet City

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday heard the case of a Pakistani man who was charged in July with theft and using a fake document after allegedly withdrawing about $49,000 worth of Thai baht with someone else’s credit card in Banteay Meanchey province.

Khan Azhar Hameed, 48, was arrested on July 28 on suspicion of using another person’s credit card to withdraw money from a cash machine at the Sweet Diamond and Gold Shop in Poipet City on four separate occasions, using a fake passport as identification, the court heard.

Mr. Khan told the court that he went to the shop to withdraw the cash, but said he had been asked to do so by a Chinese friend named Peter, who had promised to give him a cut of the money.

“The credit card belongs to Peter,” he said. “Peter gave it to me to withdraw the money for him and promised to give me 5 percent of it. I was broke because of gambling, resulting in me doing so.”

Mr. Khan said Peter did not hold up his side of the bargain, however, and that his friend provided the fake passport after losing his own.

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