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Fake official charged with fraud

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Sar Moeundara at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a 36-year-old man with fraud for allegedly posing as a government official and attempting to extort money from villagers in a land dispute in Ratanakkiri province.
Court spokesman Ly Sophana identified the man as Sar Moeundara.
“He was arrested by the Anti Corruption Unit on June 16 and was sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning on Monday morning,” he said. “He was charged with fraud with aggravating circumstances.”
Mr Sophana added that the suspect had since been detained in Prey Sar prison.
ACU president Om Yentieng could not be reached for comment yesterday. 
But an official working with the ACU said the suspect told villagers in Baloung City that he was a senior official with the Council of Ministers.
The source added that the suspect asked the villagers to pay $2,000 to help them settle a land dispute with a businessman.
After many visits to the community, villagers became suspicious of the man and began doing research into his background, discovering he was unemployed. They then filed a complaint to the ACU, the source said.  
“The suspect was later arrested by the ACU as it followed up on the complaint,” the source said. 
 Mr Moeundara faces two to five-years imprisonment if convicted.

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