Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Scheme lands Malaysian in jail

Scheme lands Malaysian in jail

Scheme lands Malaysian in jail

A 40-year-old Malaysian woman was charged and sent to Prey Sar prison yesterday for her involvement in the US$500,000 sale of a building in Phnom Penh that she and her alleged accomplices were renting, a court official said.

The scheme was fairly straightforward.

Malaysian national Chow Kuanwai and two colleagues from Singapore and China had rented a building from a Cambodian family to open the Christian International School in 2008.

In 2012, they turned around and sold it to another person without telling the owner.

Seang Sok, deputy prosecutor of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said Chow Kuanwai was charged with breach of trust.

Her official title at the school was administrative director.

He said the court had also issued arrest warrants for the two foreign nationals from Singapore and China, both of whom escaped.

Keo Sokhom, a police officer in Phnom Penh, said Kuanwai had been arrested by police on June 10.

He said Kuanwai had been arrested on the complaint of the building’s owner, who came to her property one day to find a stranger there claiming to have bought the place.

Keo Sokhom said the Singaporean and Chinese accomplices were the school director and a trainer, respectively.

Phnom Penh attorney Dun Vibol said that if convicted, the woman could be jailed for three years and fined six million riel (US$1,500).

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

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen ready to ‘break record’, says Rainsy lost

    Caretaker prime minister Hun Sen used a meeting with 18,400 factory workers on Wednesday to predict that he would beat the record for being the world’s longest-serving non-royal leader. He also used the platform to slam political opponent Sam Rainsy who he said had lost

  • Sihanoukville land prices skyrocketing amid breakneck development

    Sihanoukville, the Kingdom’s most famous beach destination for tourists, is seemingly becoming a paradise for Chinese investors as well. The huge influx of Chinese investors has caused property values to rise, especially the price of land, which has nearly doubled in some places near

  • US names new ambassador to Cambodia

    US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at

  • Kingdom is at a crossroads between East, West after poll

    It was dubbed a success by caretaker prime minister Hun Sen after the electoral victory of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which is poised to take all seats in the National Assembly. But the July 29 national election has not been positively looked at by