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Man charged over property fraud

A man will stand trial for fraud after his arrest Sunday for allegedly selling fake land titles to nine Kampong Chhnang families.

Mat Yusos, 44, allegedly distributed phony contracts demanding 250,000 riel ($62.50) for land titles to about 100 residents of Teuk Phos district’s Kbal Teuk commune, said Pol Vuthy, chief of the police department’s minor penal office. The documents bore the forged signature and stamp of the commune chief, he alleged. Nine of the families he approached bought into the hoax, making deals with Yusos and netting him 1.83 million riel ($457.50), Vuthy said.

“He forged documents to cheat residents,” Vuthy said.

“The villagers who paid him filed a complaint with police, and other families heard of the scam and did not pay.”

Yusos was sent to court after Kampong Chhnang Judge So Sam Ath issued a warrant for his arrest following the complaints.

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