Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday convicted a businesswoman for issuing a $50,000 dud check to a friend last year.
Judge Ky Rithy identified her as Meng Vanny, a land broker from Por Senchey district.
“The court has decided to sentence her to 18 months in prison with a fine of about $1,000 to be put in the state coffer,” Judge Rithy said. “The court also orders the defendant to pay $50,000 and an additional $1,000 to the plaintiff in this case.”
He said that the accused was arrested in August after being sued by businesswoman Ou Sreytouch.
According to a police report, Ms Vanny borrowed $50,000 in January last year from Ms Sreytouch, who was a friend of the defendant, in order to expand her property business. Ms Vanny promised to return the money by the end of last year.
However, when the day came, Ms Vanny issued a check that bounced when Ms Sreytouch attempted to cash it at a local bank.
Ms Sreytouch then attempted to contact her friend to ask about why the checked did not clear. However, Ms Vanny was not able to be contacted, and that prompted Ms Sreytouch to file a lawsuit against her in August.
Ms Vanny was then arrested on August 22 by military police in accordance with an arrest warrant issued by the court.