Two men were charged by the Kandal Provincial Court yesterday for faking the names, stamps and signatures of a village and commune chief to produce forged land documents.
Nhean Kem, 37, and Chum Sona, 48, both land brokers living in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district, were charged with “forgery of public documents” under article 629 of the Criminal Code, according to Chey Bunthoeun, a penal police officer in Mukh Kampul district.
“According to their accusation, they each face punishment of between five and 10 years in jail if found guilty as accused,” he told Khmer Times.
Mr. Bunthoeun said that in 2016, the two men forged the names, stamps and signatures of Sambour Meas commune chief Nem Yorng, 63, and Anlong Sleng village chief Chin Sam Arth to make land documents for villagers who purchased land from them in Kandal province.
He added that the suspects’ activities were later discovered by Ms. Yorng and Ms. Sam Arth after a businessman, who bought a plot of land from the suspects, took the land documents to the plaintiffs to ensure their veracity.
After seeing the forged documents, the plaintiffs then filed a complaint against the two suspects to Mukh Kampul district police for intervention.
The two suspects were arrested in accordance with the plaintiffs’ complaint on Monday, according to Mr. Bunthoeun.
After their arrests, police confiscated three fake stamps and other related material from them.
Source: Khmer Times