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High school teacher charged over land fraud

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The accused sold the land for $11,000. Koh Santepheap

Battambang Provincial Court has charged a school teacher over his role in selling land that didn’t belong to him in 2016.

Brigadier General Cheth Vanny, deputy chief of Battambang provincial police, identified the accused as Tun Pisey, a 47-year-old teacher who taught at a high school in the province.

Mr Pisey, who was arrested on Wednesday, was charged yesterday by the court with fraud and faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

Brig Gen Vanny said that in 2016, Mr Pisey sold ten hectares of land that did not belong to him in Mong Russey district for $1,100 per hectare. He said Van Thy, a 45-year-old businessman, the plaintiff in the case, bought the land.

“After the plaintiff gave him about $11,000, he went to take control of the land but later found out that it did not belong to the accused,” Brig Gen Vanny said. “The plaintiff hasn’t received his money back.”

Brig Gen Vanny added that it was the plaintiff who later filed a complaint against the accused at Battambang Provincial Court.

The accused was then arrested in accordance with a warrant issued by the court.

Mr Pisey has been jailed pending a trial.

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