Man Gets Six Months for Selling Same Land Twice

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A 64-year-old businessman was sentenced in absentia yesterday to six months in prison for cheating $630,000 from the son-in-law of Oknha Ly Yong Phat who bought 1.1 hectares of land in the capital’s Sen Sok district from the man in 2008 and then discovered the land had been resold to someone else.  
Suon Kimsong, who was living in Chamkarmon district’s Phsar Deum Thkov commune in Phnom Penh, was charged with “breach of trust” under articles 391 and 392 of the Criminal Code, according to Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Sour Linna.
“The court decided to sentence him to six months. The court orders him to pay a total of 25 million riel [about $6,250] in compensation to the plaintiff,” she said, reading the verdict yesterday.
Judge Linna said Mr. Kimsong was sued by Seng Nhak, the managing director of the Phnom Penh Sugar Company – a subsidiary of his father-in-law’s L.Y.P. Group – in 2013. In this case, Mr. Kimsong was charged but not arrested. He was released on bail but put under court supervision.  
Nach Try, Mr. Nhak’s defense lawyer, said that in November 2008, his client purchased a 1.1-hectare plot of land in Banla Sa-eth village in Sen Sok district’s Khmuonh commune from Mr. Kimsong for about $1 million.
After Mr. Nhak deposited $630,000, Mr. Kimsong later conspired with local authorities and sold the land to another person in 2013, the plaintiff’s lawyer added.  
Mr. Kimsong’s lawyer could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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