Cambodian woman jailed for a year for Covid-19 mask swindle

PHNOM PENH, Aug 29 (dpa): A Cambodian court has sentenced a woman to a year in prison for a face mask swindle that cost six victims a total of US$45,000.

The Khmer Times newspaper reported on Friday that the suspect, Ing Gechhuong, was an online seller who had previously sold clothes and lotions.

However, following the outbreak of Covid-19 earlier in the year, the 22-year-old began advertising "anti-Covid-19” face masks, claiming she could import the products in bulk for resale.

Her pitch attracted the attention of six customers who, despite depositing US$45,000, never received the masks.

The group subsequently filed a complaint to police in February, the Khmer Times reported.

At the hearing, Gechhuong claimed that she herself had been swindled by a seller in Thailand who had failed to deliver the items, despite being sent US$15,000.

She promised to repay the victims upon her release. - dpa
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