Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Official in court over fraud case

Official in court over fraud case

A high-level agricultural official in Kampong Speu province has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from paddy rice farmers after promising to deliver them land titles in January 2013, a rights group representative and a court prosecutor said yesterday.

Cher Pich, 44, deputy director of the provincial agriculture department, was arrested earlier this month and charged yesterday with “fraud and breach of trust”, according to Roth Thavy, provincial investigator for rights group Adhoc.

Pich is accused of swindling $20,000 from rice farmers in Odong district, a military police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Post.

“He took their [the farmers’] money to buy luxury cars,” the officer said.

The complainants, he added, took legal action after Pich allegedly spent months evading their attempts to meet.

Keo Sothea, a provincial prosecutor, confirmed the charge yesterday and added that Pich was still being questioned over the case.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".