Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced three people for issuing a bad cheque worth $800,000 to a property tycoon and senior police official.
Judge Seng Leang identified the suspects as Choum Vichetr, 41, his wife Moul Moninead, 38, and her sister Moul Moninich, 32.
He said they were arrested on May 13 following a complaint by Oknha Duong Ngieb.
Court documents said the three accused, who were property investors, borrowed nearly $900,000 from Mr Ngieb to expand their business in early 2015.
To guarantee the loan, they signed a contract promising all the money would be repaid by the end of 2016.
On the payment deadline, the suspects issued cheques worth $800,000 to the plaintiff, but did not have sufficient funds in their bank accounts.
The plaintiff asked for his money back, but the suspects were unable to repay him and still had not done so.
Mr Ngieb filed a complaint with Phnom Penh Municipal Court in May.
Judge Leang said Mr Vichetr would serve 18 months in prison for the crime, while his wife and her sister received18-month suspended sentences.
Neither the plaintiff nor the suspects could be reached for comment yesterday.