Battambang Provincial Court yesterday placed a man in detention after he was charged for allegedly cheating a car dealer out of more than $350,000 through the sale of two vehicles last year.
Loy Chantra, Investigating Judge, identified the suspect as Pov Rady.
Judge Chantra said he was charged with fraud and use of forged public documents. If convicted, the suspect could face up to five years in prison.
Major Nuon Phally, a police officer with the provincial police, yesterday said on September 20, 2018, Mr Rady sold two SUVs to the victim for $350,000 at his dealership in Battambang city’s O’mal commune.
Maj Phally said Mr Rady assured the victim the cars were legal. Mr Rady told the victim that the documents are to be sent one week after receiving payment.
Maj Phally said the victim received the documents on September 26. The victim later went to the provincial public works and transport department to attest the documents.
“When the victim took the documents to make attestations so the vehicles can be officially recognised, the official in charge of vehicle inspection told him the documents were fake,” he said. “After discovering he could not have the documents attested, the victim demanded the suspect to take the cars back and return the money.”
“However, the suspect delayed the process,” Maj Phally added. “The suspect later disconnected his phone and fled.”
He noted that in October 2018, the victim filed a lawsuit against the suspect.
Maj Phally said the court finally issued a warrant for the suspect’s arrest in August this year.
The suspect was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district on September 3. He was questioned at the Interior Ministry by the National Police for three days before he was transferred to the Battambang Provincial Court.