Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday charged and jailed a land broker for allegedly issuing a bad cheque worth $90,000 in Russey Keo district last year.
Investigating Judge Hong Sokunwathana identified the accused as Mom Assany, 42, a land broker from Kork Roka commune in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district.
He said Mr Assany was charged with fraud and issuing a bad cheque after he was arrested on Friday. The accused is facing up to three years in jail if convicted.
Captain Meng Vutha, a penal police officer in the municipal penal police department, yesterday said that Mr Assany in 2017 borrowed $90,000 from a property businessman, who is also a close friend and lives in Russey Keo district.
Cap Vutha said that both parties made a contract during the transaction and Mr Assany promised to return the money in December 2018.
He noted that on the day of the deadline, Mr Assany issued a cheque worth $90,000 to the plaintiff.
“But when the plaintiff took the check to a bank, there was no money,” Cap Vutha said. “Whenever the plaintiff tried to contact him and demand for the money, he always asked for a delay of about a month, until he eventually fled.”
Cap Vutha said that the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the accused to Phnom Penh Municipal Court in January.
He added that the accused was later arrested by police on Friday in Prek Pnov district in accordance with an arrest warrant issued by the court.
Mr Assany could not be contacted for comment.