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Travel agent convicted

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Ros Sothirath defrauded customers who purchased airline tickets. Supplied

The 36-year-old president of a well known international travel agency was yesterday convicted of fraud and sentenced to one year in prison for cheating clients out of about $30,000.

Ros Sothirath defrauded customers who bought air tickets through her company in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district.

Judge Leang Samnath said Ms Sothirath was arrested by municipal military police in February, after complaints made by 74 people.

According to court documents, the victims purchased air tickets worth $270,000 from Ms Sothirath, the owner of the Rath International Travel Company.

But when they tried to check in at Phnom Penh International Airport on the day of their scheduled departures, airline staff told them their tickets were invalid.

The victims asked the suspect for their money back, but she was unable to refund them, so they filed the complaints to municipal police.

At her trial, Ms Sothirath admitted being responsible but told the court she was unable to refund the victims because her company’s finance manager Ngeth Sotheary had stolen more than $100,000 from her.   

Judge Samnath said yesterday that Ms Sothirath must also pay $270,000 in compensation to the plaintiffs.

“She is convicted to a year in prison and a fine of four million riel ($1,000),” he said.

In a separate case, Ms Sothirath was convicted in August and sentenced to one year in prison by the municipal court for issuing a bad cheque worth $29,000 to the owner of the China Town Hotel in Daun Penh district.

The plaintiff Ngor Kav said she owed him money for hotel rooms provided to her clients but never paid him, before issuing him with seven cheques earlier this year, all of which bounced.

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