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Nigerian accused of business rip-off

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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A 43-year-old Nigerian was charged yesterday with cheating his business partner out of more than $350,000.

Remigus Duru Okonwo, alias Usman, was charged with fraud by Phnom Penh Municipal Court and has been sent by the investigating judge to Prey Sar prison pending his trial.

He faces up to three years in jail if convicted.

Interior Ministry police officer Sok Rithy said Mr Okonwo was arrested on Friday in Phnom Penh in accordance with a criminal lawsuit brought by his Vietnamese partner Darg Mai Nga, 38, who lives in Hanoi.

Mr Rithy said the victim’s complaint was filed with police on May 10. It said the accused travelled to Hanoi on January 10 and met the victim at a businesses forum there.

The accused told the victim about his tiles product business in Phnom Penh and persuaded her to join a business venture with him in Cambodia.

The accused later brought the victim to visit his business in Phnom Penh.

After seeing the business and trusting the accused, the victim agreed to take part in the business venture with him.

Between February and April, the victim sent $356,000 to the accused through his personal bank account to invest in the accused’s company.

“But after the accused received the $356,000 from the victim, he changed his phone number and could not be contacted for almost a month,” Mr Rithy said. “On June 15, he contacted her on a new number and told her to send another $150,000 for the business.” He added that after learning the accused’s phone number and his address, the victim reported it to police.

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