Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Land titles earn prison for tycoon



Land titles earn prison for tycoon

Land titles earn prison for tycoon

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced local tycoon Sieng Chan Heng to one year in prison for swindling Chinese investors in a land deal in Kampong Chhnang province.

The businesswoman, who holds the royally granted title of okhna, was convicted of fraud and forgery offences for selling a parcel of land in Rolea Ba’ier district to two sets of buyers.

Judge Long Kesor Phirum also ordered Chan Heng, director of the Heng Akpivat company, to pay $100,000 in compensation to the plaintiffs and $750 to the state.

The case heard yesterday was brought by Lem Khy, who bought the land from the defendant on behalf of Chinese investors in 2013.

However, the oknha also faces other complaints related to the fraud. Attorney for the plaintiff Than Thavrak said upon buying the land, his client discovered it had already been sold to investors Ny Kim An and Kong Sen.

Though Khy lodged a complaint, he soon found himself facing a countersuit from Heng, who obtained a new land title and argued the investors were trying to take her property.

“The court has revealed that [her] documents are fakes,” Thavrak said yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Municipal hall releases map detailing colour coded Covid risks by commune

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng released an official map detailing the red, yellow and dark yellow zones within the city under the new lockdown orders for Phnom Penh announced on April 26. The designation of red, dark yellow and yellow corresponds to areas with high,

  • Inter-provincial travel ban lifted; Phnom Penh and Takmao not exempted

    The government on April 25 decided to lift the inter-provincial travel ban and the closure of tourist attractions across the country, effectively immediately. The travel ban and closures of all resorts were imposed on April 6 and 17 respectively in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19,

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown extended for another week

    The government late on April 26 announced an extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province for another seven days – or longer if residents do not comply with Covid-19 preventive measures and the community outbreak does not subside – until May 5. According

  • Gov't mulls extension of Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown

    The Inter-ministerial National Commission for the Control and Enforcement of Lockdown held a video conference meeting on April 25 to review a draft document on the extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal province’s Takmao town. The meeting was chaired by Minister of

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a