Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers scammed by land broker

Villagers scammed by land broker

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Villagers in Kandal province sign a complaint against local businesswoman Eat Sarim, who they say cheated them out of hundreds of dollars each by promising them jobs in Japan. Supplied

Villagers scammed by land broker

Dozens of villagers in Kandal province are accusing a local land dealer of cheating them out of thousands of dollars by promising them jobs in Japan that never materialised.

Thirty-eight-year-old Rath Sopheoun, who is representing the victims from Kien Svay district’s Banteay Dek commune, said she paid $3,000 to a broker from a neighbouring commune to secure jobs for her and her husband in 2016.

Sopheoun said she began to have suspicions after the broker repeatedly postponed her start date, first to March 2017, and then again to October 2017. Sopheoun said she also found it suspicious that she was sent to a Japanese language school that appeared to be in someone’s apartment.

According to Sopheoun, the 30 villagers in her commune decided to file a lawsuit after they found out the woman, 53-year-old Eath Sarim, had been arrested and sentenced to one year in prison for an unrelated fraud case in November.

Kandal Provincial Court spokesman Tin Sochetra confirmed that the court had received Sopheoun’s complaint, signed by five victims, but said the court was still investigating. Sarim is still serving her sentence for the other case, he said.

Ministry of Labour spokesman Heng Sour cautioned would-be workers against signing up with independent brokers.

“That’s why we always request and suggest all the people who are looking for training opportunities in Japan must double-check the name of the agencies before they register with that agency or person,” Sour said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government denies claims former Thai PM Yingluck issued Cambodian passport

    Government officials on Thursday denied claims that a Cambodian passport was issued to former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who reportedly used it to register a company in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-based English language South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday reported Hong Kong

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading