ROBERT SCHMALOHR (Owner of Valentino's Nightclub) from Germany Arrested by Cambodian Authorities in Phnom Penh

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Re: ROBERT SCHMALOHR (Owner of Valentino's Nightclub) from Germany Arrested by Cambodian Authorities in Phnom Penh

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@timmydownawell Definitely no, that's another German charged with fraud: newsworthy/german-living-cambodia-charg ... 18200.html

Regarding my earlier post about Happy Damrei' (the board game business on Street 174) under PEEG umbrella:
I'm afraid I didn't remember correctly: the business was started by an American with an undisclosed German partner.

In the meantime, still waiting for any confirmation of OP's claim.
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Ashcroftie wrote: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:56 pm In the meantime, still waiting for any confirmation of OP's claim.
There is confirmation in today's Phnom Penh Post today that Robert Schmalohr has been deported from Cambodia and charged with fraud in Germany. He was arrested on "strong suspicion of [committing] a crime", according the Arneberg prosecution spokesman. Other allegations by the OP remain unconfirmed at this stage.

German investor deported, charged in pyramid scheme
Publication date 20 February 2018 | 09:37 ICT

A prominent German businessman has been deported from Cambodia and subsequently charged in Germany on suspicion of fraud in a scheme allegedly involving some €1.2 million (almost $1.5 million).

Robert Schmalohr, who headed an investment company in Cambodia to set up a string of businesses dominating Street 174, or “Sabay Sabay” street, was deported on February 15, according to Uk Hai Sela, the head of investigations at the Ministry of Interior’s Immigration Department.

Hai Sela said he had no knowledge of the charges, only that Schmalohr’s passport had expired and he was arrested by authorities for overstaying his visa.

Thomas Poggel, spokesperson for the Arnsberg district court prosecution in Germany, said two German police officers flew to Cambodia on Thursday and arrested Schmalohr on the airplane bound for Europe.

“Strong suspicion [of a crime] was found here. The district court, which issued the arrest warrant, also verified the strong suspicion and confirmed it,” Poggel said.

Schmalohr, who established the hotel and nightclub Valentino’s among other businesses on the street, is now on remand in custody and his case is before the court in Arnsberg.

Poggel said Schmalohr had yet to be charged, but he was arrested on suspicion of “commercial fraud in a particularly serious case” related to his company, eVision Team Networking...
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/g ... mid-scheme
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Regarding the OP's allegations of child abuse; from the PPP article:
Rumours swirled on expatriate social media sites over the past week alleging Schmalohr had been involved in child trafficking – an allegation Sovan was quick to deny.

Sovan [Valentino’s general manager], confirmed that up to 10 children, two girls and eight boys aged between 8 and 16, had been housed in or otherwise assisted by Valentino’s hotel arm, but he stressed the accommodation was altruistic.

He said the children were rescued from a local orphanage – which he would not name or provide an address for – that Schmalohr financially supported, and they were provided with accommodation, food, language education and music lessons at Valentino’s, in a separate suite to general customers.

“People think wrongly that Mr Robert has done bad things to the kids, but he hasn’t done anything bad – I’m sure, 100 percent,” Sovan said.

“In the beginning when they came here, they are not very healthy . . . After that, under our responsibility, [they were] very safe, very healthy, [they had] lots of fun.

“Mr Robert is not here anymore and we cannot support them anymore. It was heartbreaking, everyone crying. But what can we do?”

Sovan added the parents were permitted to visit their children in the hotel, and that they were attended to by nannies, all of whom had background checks, at all times of the day.

James McCabe, executive director of the NGO Child Protection Unit, said he had received no complaint, notification from police or any other intelligence to suggest Schmalohr was involved in child trafficking.
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CEOCambodiaNews wrote: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:32 am Regarding the OP's allegations of child abuse; from the PPP article:
Sovan [Valentino’s general manager], confirmed that up to 10 children, two girls and eight boys aged between 8 and 16, had been housed in or otherwise assisted by Valentino’s hotel arm, but he stressed the accommodation was altruistic.

He said the children were rescued from a local orphanage – which he would not name or provide an address for – that Schmalohr financially supported, and they were provided with accommodation, food, language education and music lessons at Valentino’s, in a separate suite to general customers.”

Sovan added the parents were permitted to visit their children in the hotel, and that they were attended to by nannies, all of whom had background checks, at all times of the day.
Jesus Christ, can somebody distribute a leaflet with the definition of an orphan on it?

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that genius wrote: Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:07 pm
CEOCambodiaNews wrote: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:32 am Regarding the OP's allegations of child abuse; from the PPP article:
Sovan [Valentino’s general manager], confirmed that up to 10 children, two girls and eight boys aged between 8 and 16, had been housed in or otherwise assisted by Valentino’s hotel arm, but he stressed the accommodation was altruistic.

He said the children were rescued from a local orphanage – which he would not name or provide an address for – that Schmalohr financially supported, and they were provided with accommodation, food, language education and music lessons at Valentino’s, in a separate suite to general customers.”

Sovan added the parents were permitted to visit their children in the hotel, and that they were attended to by nannies, all of whom had background checks, at all times of the day.
Jesus Christ, can somebody distribute a leaflet with the definition of an orphan on it?

And yes, I will be at Garage later.
Presumably the reason he's refusing to identify the orphanage, lest that one be done for fraud, too.
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Why did Cambodian expats online crop the original photograph of the German scammer was it because they were high-ranking Cambodian officials in the photograph?
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Were they told by powers above to it or did they do it because they were scared ?
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Алина Анисимов wrote: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:46 pm Were they told by powers above to it or did they do it because they were scared ?
or maybe someone just decided the other people in the picture were ot guilty of any crime and it may be unfair to show them next to him because then they might be considered guilty by association. I doubt anyone high enough up the foodchain would be at about a meeting with a scruffy german wearing thongs
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The game is over. Schmalohr was very naive. This here is not his turf.
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Steivan wrote: Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:54 am The game is over. Schmalohr was very naive. This here is not his turf.
he might be more cleaver than naïve. He has bought himself a lot of time to move money by waiting until his passport expired, at which point the German government would not renew it and he could be deported for visa infringements. If his passport had not expired Cambodia would have let him stay. Fraud is extremely difficult to prove and expensive to prosecute. Cases drag on for years and often collapse. It is not uncommon for prosecutors to do deals for the benefit of the tax man if they can find any assets....
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