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Businesswoman charged over $19,000 fraud

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a local import/export company owner accused of defrauding her business partner of nearly $19,000 last year.


Deputy Penal Police chief Lieutenant Colonel Noun Sopheap identified the accused as Sou Maly, 48, from Chamkar Mon district’s Phsar Doeum Thkov commune. The victim was identified as Ly Laysuon, 51, owner of an agricultural development association from Kampong Thom province.


She was charged with “breach of trust” under Articles 391 and 392 of the Criminal Code, which carry a sentence of between six months and three years in prison.


According to the complaint lodged at the Phnom Penh Municipal Police Headquarters, on December last year, Maly, who claimed that her company had a monopoly on the import of Thai-made high-capacity water pumps for irrigation persuaded Laysuon to order the equipment through her company.


On December 20, Laysuon ordered two of the pumps and deposited approximately $18,800 to Maly’s account, after which Maly promised to deliver the shipment within 25 days.


“But on the expected date of shipment, Maly did not have the machinery as promised,” said Lt Col Sopheap.


“When the victim demanded her money back, Maly could not repay her and has not done so until today,” he said.


Maly was arrested at her residence on Wednesday.


Municipal Court Investigating Judge Mao Sina could not be reached for comment by press time.

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