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Businessman arrested over construction sales

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
An officer detains the accused. Nokor Wat

Phnom Penh police on Tuesday arrested a construction company owner suspected of cheating another businessman out of $5,300 in unpaid purchases of construction materials.

Captain Sok Vuth, penal police officer with Sen Sok district police, identified the suspect as Nuch Mangsreang, a 33-year-old construction company owner from Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district.

Cap Vuth identified the plaintiff as 38-year-old Prum Chem, who owns a company that sells construction materials and lives in Dangkor district.

Cap Vuth noted that on March 9 this year, Mr Mangsreang bought materials from Mr Chem’s company worth a total of $5,300. Mr Mangsreang used the materials to construct a house in Sen Sok district for a client.

Cap Vuth noted that Mr Mangsreang did not pay for the materials when he purchased them. Instead, he promised Mr Chem that he would finalise the payment after completing the house, which was scheduled to be completed in April.

“But after Mr Mangsreang completed the house, he did not pay the money he owed Mr Chem as promised,” Cap Vuth said. “Instead, he changed his phone number and moved houses, and relocated his company from Phnom Penh to Kampong Speu province.”

Cap Vuth noted that Mr Chem tried to locate Mr Mangsreang but he could not find him.

Cap Vuth added that at about 5.30pm on Tuesday, Mr Chem saw Mr Mangsreang at a construction site in Kampong Speu province’s Baset district. Mr Chem alerted police, who immediately arrested Mr Mangsreang at the construction site.

Following his arrest, Mr Mangsreang was taken to Sen Sok district police station for questioning.

Colonel Hour Mengvang, district police chief, confirmed yesterday that Mr Mangsreang is accused with breach of trust and faces between six months to three years in jail if convicted.

Col Mengvang said Mr Mangsreang will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal court for questioning today.

Mr Mangsreang and Mr Chem could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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