Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced a businessman to two and a half years in prison yesterday for issuing a $70,000 fake cheque to a property businesswoman in 2014.
Judge Ly Lipmeng identified the convict as Tou Bunchandara, 45, owner of a liquor store in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.
“The court sentenced her to two years and six months in jail in addition to a two million riel fine – roughly $500,” he said. “In addition, Ms Bunchandara will have to pay 20 million riel in compensation to the plaintiff.”
Ms Bunchandara was arrested in May 2017 after Chhoy Leakhena, 43, the victim in the case, filed a complaint against her.
Police reports state that Ms Bunchandara bought a plot of land worth $270,000 from Ms Leakhena on October 8, 2014. She paid $200,000 in cash, and then issued a cheque worth $70,000.
However, after the land was sold, Ms Leakhena saw the remaining $70,000 had not been transferred to her account. She then filed a complaint to the police.
During her trial on December 18, Ms Bunchandara confessed to the charges.