Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a sand vendor for cheating another businessman out of $50,000 in June.
Major Chuon Bunthy, deputy chief of Russey Keo district police, identified the accused as Hang Vanny, 53, owner of a sand company, who lives in Chraing Chamres II commune in Russey Keo district.
Maj Bunthy said Ms Vanny was charged with fraud and faces between six months and three years in jail if convicted. She was arrested on Saturday and is now in pre-trial detention.
He said Ms Vanny was arrested following a complaint filed against her by Sou Thivutha, 33, owner of a construction company, who lives in Kandal province’s Tahkmao commune in Takhmao city.
Maj Bunthy noted that on June 11, Mr Thivutha bought sand worth $50,000 from Ms Vanny for his construction business in Kandal province.
Maj Bunthy said the two parties made a contract for the deal, which noted that Ms Vanny would deliver the sand by June 19.
“But on the day of the deadline, after Mr Thivutha had already paid Ms Vanny $50,000, Ms Vanny did not deliver the sand to Mr Thivutha as promised,” Maj Bunthy said. “When Mr Thivutha reminded her, Ms Vanny kept asking for more time and claimed that she did not have enough sand yet.”
“Later, when Mr Thivutha demanded his money back, Ms Vanny fled and could not be contacted,” he added.
Maj Bunthy noted Mr Thivutha filed a complaint against Ms Vanny to Phnom Penh Municipal Police on July 5.
He added that at about 3.30pm on Saturday, Mr Thivutha, who had been searching for Ms Vanny for over a month, saw Ms Vanny walking alone in Chraing Chamres II commune.
Mr Thivutha then took hold of her and brought her to Russey Keo district police and asked police to arrest her and send her to court.