The detention of three Chinese nationals, when they arrived at Cambodia's Phnom Penh International Airport with $3.52m in large denomination bills, begs the question; whhat did these money launderers intend to do with all this cash ? They reportedly asserted that the funds represented gambling winnings and loans from relatives, reasons that were quickly discounted. They also claimed their purpose was to invest on real estate, but they could not verify their story on Source of Funds.
The trio arrived on a flight from Hong Kong, rather than one from the Peoples' Republic, obviously a tactic meant to deceive Customs officers. Given that Cambodia is definitely not a jurisdiction where one can clean dirty money easy ans efficiently, why did the laundrymen travel there, and what made them think that they could enter Cambodia without being discovered ? There is no information regarding any efforts to bride government officials to gain entry. What was their true goal ?