Cement Salesman Nabbed for Facebook Post in Alleged Extortion

Authorities in Phnom Penh on Thursday arrested and charged a salesman who allegedly tried to use a fake invoice for some $7,000 worth of cement and the threat of social media shaming to extort businessman Nim Meng, who is demanding $100,000 in compensation.

Vann Lychhen, a salesman for Sovann Ban Sok Heng company, was arrested on Thursday at the Phnom Penh police headquarters after showing up for questioning and was quickly charged by the municipal court with disinformation and making a fake document, deputy Phnom Penh police chief Chan Savon said.

Mr. Meng said his construction company had stopped buying cement from Sovann Ban Sok Heng shortly before Mr. Lychhen started showing up in June with a copy of an invoice demanding a $7,173 payment.

Mr. Meng said he refused because Mr. Lychhen would not produce the original, at which point the salesman threatened to rebuke him on Facebook.

Lim Vanna, Mr. Meng’s lawyer, said the post calling his client a swindler went up in mid-September and that he filed a complaint with police a few days later.

Sovann Ban Sok Heng representatives could not be reached.

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