Four suspects, including two men and two women, were charged yesterday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for their involvement in cheating more than $1.1 million from a property businessman in 2017.
Lieutenant General Rath Sreang, commander of Phnom Penh military police, identified the male suspects as Prum Sakhorn, 68; and Roeun Saranny, 32; and the female suspects as Norm Ngeth, 49; and Thou Sopheak, 34.
He said they were land brokers and were charged yesterday with forgery of public documents, use of forged public documents, and fraud, adding they each face up to five years in prison if convicted.
“The military police are now seeking to arrest six other suspects who have been linked to this case,” he said.
He added the four suspects were arrested by military police on Monday.
According to a military police report, which was obtained yesterday, the four suspects in 2017 forged public documents and sold six plots of lands for $1,130,000 to a property businessman in Phnom Penh.
The six plots of land – which had lands titles and other related documents issued by the Ministry of Land Management and other related municipal authorities in 2012 – were located in Sen Sok and Dangkor districts, on the outskirts of the city.
However, after the plaintiff paid $1,130,000 to the suspects and took the land titles to be authenticated by the Ministry of Land Management, he discovered they had been forged.
The plaintiff demanded his money back, but the suspects had already fled. The plaintiff later filed a lawsuit against them to municipal military police for intervention in December.