Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged and jailed a businessman who cheated three men of more than $30,000 after renting their cars in the capital and later pawning the vehicles.
Major Ly Sopheak, a municipal military police officer, identified the accused as Morm Puth, 30, from the capital’s Por Senchey district.
He said Puth was charged with “fraud with aggravating circumstance” under article 277 and 380 of the Criminal Code. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Maj Sopheak said Puth was arrested on Sunday and is now in prison pending trial.
He said that Puth in January rented three Toyota Pruis cars from the three owners for $1,000 each per month for his personal and business use.
Maj Sopheak said the accused paid the rental fees regularly for two months and defaulted in March after he pawned the vehicles for $35,000 before going into hiding.
“The victims knew they had been cheated when they were unable to contact the accused to pay them their rentals,” he said. “To recover their cars, they lodged a complaint with municipal military police for intervention on April 2.”
Maj Sopheak said Puth was located and arrested on Sunday in Sen Sok district. After his arrest military police managed to recover one of the cars from a garage in the capital. Military police are still searching for the other two vehicles.