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Kosovan charged over $20m fraud

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Denis Cokovic arrives at court. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a 54-year-old a businessman from Kosovo who allegedly cheated his Cambodian business partner out of $20 million earmarked for luxurious resorts in Kep and Kampot provinces.

The suspect was identified as Denis Cokovic, alias Denis Deney.

Court spokesman Ly Sophanna said the suspect was charged with fraud and issuing bad cheques and had been detained in Prey Sar prison as investigations continued.

Seng Sorin, an officer with the national military police, said forces arrested Mr Cokovic on Friday at his apartment in Daun Penh district, where they confiscated $420,000 in cash and an Australian passport.

He added the suspect was arrested in accordance with a complaint from Khim Rany, the general director of Southeast Asia Television.

Mr Cokovic allegedly continued to request money from his business partner to develop luxury resorts, but the work never went ahead.

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