Smugglers caught with thousands of fake dollar bills.

Police in Battambang have arrested three Thai men and a Cambodian for attempting to smuggle counterfeit notes worth more than $55,000 over the border from Thailand.   

 The men were apprehended as they tried to take the fake $100 banknotes through Duong International Border Checkpoint in Kamrieng district. The Thai suspects were named as Keat Thesak, 35, Samjit Kamphum, 34, and Ung  Ath Siwatkon, 28. The Cambodian man was identified as Beth Sopha, 37.

 District police officer First Lieutenant Khann Mao said the arrests were made on Saturday after police informants alerted officers to the crime. 

 “We were informed that a group of smugglers were planning to traffic counterfeit money into the country. “Our police arrested the smugglers and seized $55,300 in fake bills when they were crossing the border into Cambodia,” Lt Mao said, adding the fake banknotes had been packed in a brown plastic bag.