Battambang Provincial Court on Wednesday charged three real estate businessmen with fraud over a land sale in Siem Reap province to five victims in deals worth more than $70,000.
Major General Cheth Vanny, deputy chief of Battambang provincial police, identified the accused as Chhy Chakryia, 32, president of the Hang Mchasdey Company, along with Chhit Ratana, 37, general manager of the company, and Choeu Chenda, 47, the company’s sales executive.
Maj Gen Vanny said that they were yesterday charged with fraud and face between three to six years in jail if convicted.
Maj Gen Vanny said that provincial penal police in Battambang earlier this week arrested the three men based on complaints lodged by five people who were clients of the company.
Maj Gen Vanny said that between March and May this year, the three accused men sold plots of land in Siem Reap province to the victims, in various deals priced between $18,000 and $30,000.
Maj Gen Vanny said the victims did not receive any land after they had paid the company. The victims, who were all residents of Battambang province, lodged complaints with police on Friday last week that led to the arrest of the three accused on Monday.
Maj Gen Vanny added that police seized fraudulent documents from the three men.
Chuob Sophat, who was one of the victims, said that on April 24 he purchased one hectare of farming land located in Siem Reap province’s Angkor Thom district for $18,000.
Mr Sophat noted that one of the accused men had brought him to see the land on March 23.
“But after I had paid, it turned out that the land actually belonged to someone else. They did not have any real land to sell,” Mr Sophat said. “To find justice, I would like to ask the court to demand that they return my money and punish them in accordance with the law.”