A Vietnam court has sentenced a Cambodian woman and her daughter up to three years in prison for illegally carrying $81,900 in cash from Vietnam to Cambodia in July this year.
The mother, Lap Kho, 59, and her daughter, El Ro Hany, 21, were charged with “illegal cross-border transportation of goods and/or currencies,” pursuant to Article 154 of the Penal Code, the People’s Court of the southern province Tay Ninh said at their trial on Thursday.
The jury sentenced the mother to three years in jail and gave her daughter a two-year sentence.
The court also announced the entire illegally-transported amount would be confiscated.
According to the indictment of the provincial People’s Procuracy, a joint team of police, customs and border forces at the Xa Mat border gate stopped the two Cambodians who tried to get through the gate on a motorbike without showing papers at 4:45 pm on July 7.
Searching their bodies, inspectors found Lap Kho hiding US$5,500 in her trouser’s pockets while discovering $32,600 from the dress of El Ro Hany and $43,800 from her crash helmet.
The two women later told investigators that at noon that day they came to a casino area in the Cambodian territory near the border gate and met four Cambodian men, who hired them to cross the border and transport cash for $5 per $10,000 transported.
The women agreed and they managed to illicitly enter Vietnam through the border gate on a motorbike.
Under the instructions of the men, the mother and daughter arrived in Tan Lap commune, Tan Bien District, where they received money from the men’s people in three locations.
The total amount they received is US$81,900. They then hid them in their body and helmets, returned to the gate and were arrested.