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Car importer arrested over ‘$100K swindle’

A luxury car importer was arrested by the Phnom Penh municipal military police on Friday for allegedly faking public documents and defrauding a buyer out of $100,000.

Chheang Sophal, 35, the owner of Asia Business Solution (Cambodia) Co Ltd, imports cars from the US to Cambodia.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor issued a warrant for his arrest after Thai Chhun Kry, a former customer, accused Sophal of taking $100,000 as a deposit for a 2014 Land Rover Vogue but never delivered the car or gave back his money.

In his complaint, Kry said that he and his wife ordered the Land Rover from Sophal’s company for $128,000 and put down $100,000, with the rest to be paid after delivery.

Sophal confirmed that he got Kry’s deposit but denied that he was avoiding paying him back, according to Marng Soklux, a Phnom Penh municipal military police official who questioned the suspect.

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