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Five people suspected of land fraud

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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Police say the suspects lied about being land co-owners. CEN

Kampong Speu Provincial Military Police on Sunday arrested four men and one woman for allegedly cheating a real estate businessman out of $50,000 in a land deal in Oudong district.

Captain Chea Suon, deputy commander of the district military police, identified the five suspects as Nuon Vanna, 41, a marketing officer working with Sok Rotha Real Estate Company and living in the province’s Kong Pisey district; Phauk Sanin, 59, a land broker living in Phnom Penh’s Kamboul district; Chroek Chetra, 38, a land broker living in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district; Heang Engtry, 32, a land broker living in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district; and Ton Sophannanin, 35, a land broker living in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district.

Cap Suon said the five suspects lied about being co-owners of a plot of land in Preah Sre commune’s Ampil Roung village in Oudong district. He added that they sold the land for $50,000 to a property businessman living in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district.

He said that the real owner found out that his land was sold without his consent and reported it to district military police.

“They were arrested because they stole the victim’s land and sold it for $50,000,” Cap Suon said. “They were arrested red-handed while they were counting the money given by the buyer.”

Cap Suon noted that after the arrests, police seized $50,000, eight phones, four identification cards, one car and other related documents from them.

The five suspects and the evidence were sent to provincial military police for questioning and further investigation.

Lieutenant Colonel Tith Vannak, chief of the provincial military police’s justice department, yesterday confirmed that they are accused of accomplice to fraud and thefts. They could face between six months to three years each in jail if convicted.

Lt Col Vannak added that the suspects will be sent to Kampong Speu Provincial Court for questioning today.

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