‘Oknha’ Arrested, Queried Over $100K Fake Check

A wealthy businessman was arrested in Phnom Penh on Monday for allegedly using a fake $100,000 check, a police official said on Tuesday.

Ngin Mono, president of the construction firm Mono Ratanak, who bears the title “oknha”—an honorific bestowed on those who donate at least $100,000 to the state—was apprehended in Daun Penh district on Monday afternoon, said Ngeng Chuor, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s serious crimes department.

“We arrested him yesterday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m. along the road near Lux Cinema” at the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Street 154, Mr. Chuor said.

He said the arrest was made in relation to a $100,000 fake check but refused to give further details.

“We sent him to the court and he was charged,” he said. Phnom Penh Municipal Court director Taing Sunlay said Mr. Mono had been questioned by a prosecutor on Tuesday but had yet to be charged.

“Questioning will continue tomorrow,” he said.

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