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2 jailed in Cambodia over counterfeit Indian currency scam

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Kuala Lumpur:  A Bangladeshi and a British national have been sentenced to long prison terms by a Cambodian court for counterfeiting Indian currency with a face value of over USD 6,000, media reported today.

“British tourist Muhamed Suhaei, 51, was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of circulating fake foreign currency. Bangladeshi national Azad Abul Kalam, 32, was given six years as an accomplice to the same charge,” Presiding judge Keo Mony was quoted as saying by The Phnom Penh post while sentencing the two men yesterday.

The two were arrested on December 4, 2013 after carrying an amount of Rs 99,500 (about USD 1,500) in fake Indian currency notes to a money exchange shop located in Phnom Penh’s smalled Prampi Makara district.

“They were arrested based on the complaint of the money exchange shop owner after they sold Indian Rs 99,500 in exchange for USD 850 from the victim,” a police official said.

After their arrests, police found them to be in possession of over Rs 300,000 (about USD 4,700) in fake Indian currency notes, police official said.

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