Construction Tycoon Charged, Jailed Over Fake Check

A Phnom Penh-based businessman was jailed on fraud charges on Wednesday after being arrested on Monday for allegedly using a phony $100,000 check, court officials said.

Ngin Mono, president of the construction firm Mono Ratanak, was arrested in Daun Penh district on Monday afternoon and questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Court officials questioned Mr. Mono again on Wednesday, then charged him with use of a forged document and sent him to prison to await trial, according to court director Taing Sunlay.

“He was charged this afternoon. It’s involved with issuing a check without money,” Judge Sunlay said, adding that he did not know who filed the complaint against the tycoon, nor other details of the case.

Investigating Judge Ly Sokleng declined to comment and hung up on a reporter.

Mr. Mono has since 2009 held the title “oknha,” an honorific bestowed upon those who donate at least $100,000 to the state.

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