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Woman charged over $70,000 debt

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused allegedly never repaid a $70,000 loan. National Police

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a woman who allegedly cheated a money lender out of more than $70,000 by refusing to repay a loan taken in 2017.

Prosecuter Keo Sothea identified the accused as Heng Sethalida, 26, a land broker from Chbar Ampov district.

He noted that the accused was charged with fraud and breach of trust. She was arrested on Monday and faces up to two years in jail if convicted.

Major General Huom Tainghoeuth, an Interior Ministry Penal Police Department deputy chief, said that Ms Sethlida in 2017 borrowed more than $70,000 from the money lender who he did not name.

He noted the money lender was a friend of her husband Eang Mengyou, 35, a car garage owner who stood as guarantor.

Maj Gen Tainghoeuth said both the husband and wife signed a contract and promised to repay the debt by the end of last year.

He added that when they did not honour the contract and kept delaying repaying the loan, the money lender filed a lawsuit against them last month.

“The accused was arrested on Monday at her home in Chbar Ampov district in accordance with a court warrant against her,” Maj Gen Tainghoeuth said. “She is now in prison pending trial.”

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