Kampong Cham Provincial Court yesterday charged a journalist for allegedly cheating two property developers out of more than $130,000 in a land fraud case.
Colonel Heng Vuthy, provincial general crimes department chief, identified the accused as Sem Bora, 45, general director of TV Online in Cambodia.
He noted that Mr Bora was arrested in Kampong Cham province on Friday and is charged with fraud. He faces up to three years in jail and is now in prison pending trial.
“He was detained on Friday by our provincial penal police following a court warrant for his arrest,” Col Vuthy said. “He is accused by the two victims of cheating them out of more than $130,000 in a land sale involving nearly eight hectares in Batheay district.”
Col Vuthy identified the victims as Chun Sokheang, 36, and Nhorn Sam Ath, 39, both property developers living in the district. He noted that police are now seeking to arrest eight farmers who are Mr Bora’s accomplices.
In a complaint filed with the court, Mr Sokheang claimed that on August 2, he and Mr Sam Ath were offered farmland at $1. 65 per square meter by the accused who represented the eight farmers claiming to be the landowners.
He noted that both of them on September 16 paid $131,614 to Mr Bora who promised them he would get the land titles transferred to them by Friday.
Mr Sokheang said that on Friday, the accused came to Kampong Cham province to meet him and Mr Sam Ath and told them he could not transfer the titles because the land does not belong to him or the eight farmers.
He added that both of them filed a lawsuit against Mr Bora and the eight farmers to reclaim their money.
“To find justice in this case, I would like to ask the court to punish them according to the laws and get them to repay me,” he noted.