130 Chinese extradited for online fraud, cybercrimes

The General Department of Immigration (GDI) of the Ministry of Interior has extradited 130 Chinese nationals for cybercrimes, online fraud and illegal gambling.

Lieutenant General Sok Somnea, Spokesman and Deputy Director General of the GDI, said yesterday:

“130 Chinese nationals were extradited on April 13, for their involvement in cybercrimes, online fraud and illegal gambling. We are still looking for more of those involved in these crimes and I cannot go into more detail, as it is under investigation by the Immigration Police,”.

Lt Gen Somnea said that the seized servers, computers, mobile phones, SIM cards and other equipment believed to have been used for criminal activity, have been sent to the provincial court as evidence.

The Cambodian authorities are working closely with their Chinese counterparts to exchange information on the investigation, crackdown and rescue of victims of cybercrime, he said.

On Sunday, China Daily reported that China’s public security authorities, in conjunction with the Cambodian police, had recently organised a joint operation to combat gambling and fraud-related crimes.

During the operation, the Cambodian police dismantled several gambling dens and fraud operations in Preah Sihanouk province, apprehended a large number of Chinese nationals suspected of criminal offences, and seized a batch of servers, computers, mobile phones and other equipment, it said.

Under the command of the Ministry of Public Security in Hubei province, a working group was dispatched to Cambodia to carry out the extradition work in conjunction with the Cambodian police, it said.

Starting from Saturday, the individuals were extradited in batches via chartered civil aviation flights to China, it added.

Anti-gambling operations by the Cambodian authorities have been active throughout the country, especially in Preah Sihanouk province.

In a two-day operation to crack down on online fraud from March 9 to 10, the provincial authorities arrested 479 people, comprising 279 Cambodians, 109 Vietnamese, 55 Thais, 28 Chinese, eight Taiwanese and one Myanmar national.

Source: khmertimeskh.com

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