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Police officer charged over fake land sale

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Captain Pheng Manith. Supplied

A senior police officer was on Friday charged by Takeo provincial court for cheating a businessman out of more than $70,000 in a fake land sale.


Provincial police officer Sean Vuthy identified the suspect as Captain Pheng Manith, 38, the deputy chief of the Crimes Investigation Police Unit in Takeo.

“He was charged with fraud by the provincial court prosecutor but has now been released on bail under the court’s control,” Mr Vuthy said.

“He promised the investigative judge he will not abscond and that he will earn money to refund the plaintiff.”

Capt Manith was arrested in accordance with a court warrant on Thursday following a complaint made by Chea Vibol, 48, a local property businessman.

Mr Vibol said Capt Manith sold him two hectares of rice fields for more than $70,000 in April 2015.

However, the land was never handed over because it belonged to someone else and was not Capt Manith’s to sell.

“Capt Manith received the money from the plaintiff, but the land belonged to other people,” Mr Vuthy said.

“When the plaintiff demanded his money back, Capt Manith did not return it. He later fled.”

The plaintiff subsequently filed a criminal lawsuit against to resolve the matter.

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