Oddar Meanchey Provincial Court today charged a traditional healer with cheating a farming couple out of about $5,300 in riel, about $156 in Thai baht and a gold necklace worth $1,500, which she took to treat the woman and her three-year-old son in Samrong city.
Major Khem Sophon, city deputy police chief, identified the accused as Hoeng Nath, 39, living in Bosbov commune.
He said Ms Nath was arrested on Sunday and is charged with fraud. She faces up to three years in jail if convicted and is now in prison pending trial.
Maj Sophon said that the accused was arrested following a complaint from the farmer Lam Sary, 48, and his wife Kloeuy Srosh, 45, who also live in the commune.
He said that on January 5, Mr Sary brought Ms Srosh, who suffered from nightmares, and their son who had polio and convulsions, to see Ms Nath, who was a well-known traditional healer in the commune.
Maj Sophon said that during the meeting the accused told the victims to place 21.1 million riels, 5,000 Thai bahts and the gold necklace on a seat in her house so that she could use them to invite spirits to treat Ms Srosh and the child.
Full story in Tuesday’s paper