Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Three men charged with fraud in failed land deal

Three men charged with fraud in failed land deal

Sun Sok Heng (center) leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after being questioned about fraud.
Sun Sok Heng (center) leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after being questioned about fraud. Hong Menea

Three men charged with fraud in failed land deal

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged three brokers with fraud after they allegedly failed to buy a parcel of land for an investor after taking $900,000 from her to make the purchase.

The suspects – Sok Mean, 47, Hang Sokha, 47, and Sun Sok Heng, 58 – were arrested on June 9 after a complaint by the investor, So Navy.

Local media reported that the three also allegedly impersonated environmental officials and claimed to be working for Hun Many, the son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, in an effort to coerce people into selling their land, although the court did not include this in the charges.

“We received the complaint from So Navy around two months ago. We then summoned the three of them for questioning,” said a court official speaking anonymously. “But they did not come, so the prosecutor issued an arrest warrant.”

Puth Theavy, the trio’s defence lawyer, denied that they committed fraud or impersonated officials.

Nong Dinara, the chief of Preah Sihanouk province’s Keo Phos commune, where the land was supposed to be purchased, said that suspect Sok Heng was a village chief in a neighbouring district, and added that he was not aware of any fraud by the trio. “I think the problem is due to lateness in paying the sellers,” he said.

“The sellers ended contracts,” he said. “I saw many villagers end the contracts and take their land back.”


  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • Cambodia's poverty cut in half from 2009 to 2019: World Bank report

    A report published by the World Bank on November 28 states that Cambodia’s national poverty rate fell by almost half between 2009 and 2019, but the Covid-19 pandemic recently reversed some of the poverty reduction progress. Cambodia’s poverty rate dropped from 33.8 to 17.8 per cent over the 10