Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday jailed a woman for two years and her husband for a year, in absentia, for issuing a bad cheque to a businessman who they owed $50,000 in Sen Sok district in 2016.
Judge Ros Piseth identified the woman as Kong Sovannmorokot, 35, a land broker living in Toek Thla commune. She was charged with fraud and issuing a bad cheque.
He said Ms Sovannmorokot was arrested on August 17, 2016, by penal police officers from the Interior Ministry following a complaint from Duong Kimlay, a businessman living in Russey Keo district.
Judge Piseth said that her husband Sar Sothea, 40, a land broker who is at large, was charged with being an accomplice to fraud and was sentenced in absentia to a year in jail.
“The court orders the arrest of Sar Sothea, who is at large, to bring him to jail to serve his sentence,” he said.
Judge Piseth said that in January 2015, the couple borrowed $50,000 from Mr Kimlay in Russey Keo district.
He said they signed a contract in which they promised to repay the money by the end of December 2016.
He said that on the day of the deadline, Ms Sovannorokot issued a cheque for $50,000 to Mr Kimlay to withdraw the money from her bank account in the city.
Judge Piseth said that when Mr Kimlay cashed in the cheque at the bank, it was rejected because Ms Sovannorokot did not have money in her account.
He added that in June 2016, Mr Kimlay filed the lawsuit against the couple at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.