Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fraud generals charged in Preah Vihear

Fraud generals charged in Preah Vihear

Fraud generals charged in Preah Vihear

Two men accused of posing as Royal Cambodian Armed Forces generals in order to trick villagers in Preah Vihear province had been charged at court on Saturday, police officials said yesterday.

Colonel Cheth Vanny, deputy chief of Battambang provincial police, told the Post the Preah Vihear Provincial Court had charged Taing Vantheang, also known as Reith, 50, and Kong Keo, 40, with fraud after they had convinced people they could be granted land in Thmarkol district’s Bansay Tren commune – if they paid the two “generals” for the privilege.

“They do not work with RCAF and are certainly not generals . . . They have been charged with fraud,” Vanny said.

Mean Lay, director of Battambang provincial minor police, said the two men had been arres-ted on Wednesday after complaints they were demanding copies of villagers’ IDs and money in exchange for the land concessions.

According to complaints, he said, the men had told villagers the provincial authority was distributing five hectares of land to each poor family and would include them in the deal for a pre-payment of $120.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Oil producers see oversupply

    Major oil producers said on Sunday that crude supply next year would outstrip demand, calling for new strategies based on production adjustments. Khalid al-Falih, Energy Minister of the world’s top supplier Saudi Arabia, said the kingdom would cut its production by 500,000 barrels per day (

  • ‘Historic’ Khmer Rouge tribunal Case 002/2 verdict to be delivered

    The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) are to deliver the verdict on Friday, in the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, in a pronouncement hailed as a “historic event for Cambodia and the world”. The verdict from

  • Record set for world’s longest dragon boat

    Cambodia broke the world record for the longest dragon boat – a title previously held by China, Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel said on Monday. He verified the record on the east bank of the Mekong river, in Prey Veng province’s Peamro district. “With

  • Analyst: Government appointments ‘a waste of national budget’

    The government has appointed over 200 officials as undersecretaries of state, secretaries of state, assistants and advisers at various institutions since October 1. While senior officials said the appointments were aimed at ensuring higher efficiency at the national level, social analysts said the practice is merely power-sharing