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Land broker accused in $300,000 fraud case

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Sen Sok district police on Saturday arrested a land broker accused of cheating an associate out of more than $300,000 during fraudulent land deals in Preah Sihanouk province last year.

Major Sok Vuth, a penal police officer with Sen Sok district police, identified the suspect as Pin Sovanna, a 52-year-old land broker living in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmey commune.

The victim was identified as Chhuon Savoeun, a 36-year-old real estate company owner living in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district.

Maj Vuth said that in May last year, Mr Sovanna sold a total of 42.50 hectares of farm land in Preah Sihanouk province’s Kampong Seila district to the victim for $342,000.

Maj Vuth said the suspect and victim made a contract with each other. According to the contract, the suspect required the victim to pay him in three phases.

The first phase of payment was to aid the suspect in acquiring the proper land documents, he noted.

The suspect then promised to provide the land and documents once the remainder was paid to him.

“But after the suspect received all payments from the victim, he fled because he did not have any land to offer him as he had claimed,” Maj Vuth said. “The victim tried to find him, but could not locate him.”

“The victim later filed a complaint against him in August to district police and Phnom Penh Municipal Court for help in recovering his cash,” he added.

He said that the suspect was then arrested at about 6pm on Saturday at a coffee shop in Tuol Kork district, where police seized fraudulent documents from him.

Colonel Hour Mengvang, chief of Sen Sok district police, said the suspect is accused of fraud and is due to make his first court appearance today.

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