Police in the southern province of Tay Ninh announced the prosecution of two Chinese men on September 3, who had been arrested for illegally carrying Vietnamese cash into Cambodia.

Tan Zheng, 45, and Liu Wei, 27, have been charged with the illegal transportation of money across state borders, according to article 154 of the Criminal Code.

On August 29, 2014, local police forces, together with customs officials and border guards, stopped a foreign car with the registration number 1954-2 at the Xa Mat border gate in Tan Bien district. The car, driven by Tan Zhen, was searched, and three suitcases and a box were found, containing 18.2 billion VND (860,000USD) in cash.

Tan Zheng claimed he had been hired by Liu Wei to smuggle the money across the border, and that Wei was waiting for the money on the Cambodian side. When Zheng failed to show up, Wei crossed into Vietnam, where he was arrested by the police.-VNA