Battambang provincial military police yesterday arrested a property dealer on the run for the past year after being charged in absentia over the issuance of a dud $140,000 cheque to her friend in April 2017.
Major Duon Chivoan, a provincial military police officer, identified the accused as Khuth Sreyvorn, 42, a property dealer from Battambang city.
He said military police in Battambang province collaborated with military police in Phnom Penh to arrest the accused yesterday morning in Phnom Penh. The accused was then transferred to the Battambang Provincial Court for questioning.
“She was arrested in accordance with a warrant which was issued by the investigating judge at Battambang Provincial Court last year,” Maj Chivoan said. “She had been charged in absentia by the provincial court.”
Maj Chivoan said that after completing yesterday’s series of questions, Investigating Judge Nhoun Channy sent the accused to jail pending her trial.
He added that the accused was sued by her friend, an unnamed businesswoman from Battambang.
He said that in February 2016, the accused borrowed $140,000 from her friend as a loan for her property business.
The two women agreed that the debt should be paid by April 2017. Nearing the deadline, the accused issued a $140,000 cheque to the plaintiff, but when the plaintiff attempted to cash the cheque, it bounced.
The plaintiff appealed to her friend to pay the debt, but the accused asked for an extension and then cut off contact. The plaintiff then filed a lawsuit at the provincial court.