Man Arrested for Selling Aunt’s Land to Pay for Partying

A man was arrested in Kompong Speu province Monday for selling his aunt’s land titles so he could party in Phnom Penh, police said Wednesday.

In early December, Sin Chheang, 20, pawned three land titles to plots in the province belonging to his aunt, Chuon Srey Nat, 37, for a total of about $2,500, according to Chea Vanna, chief of the provincial minor crimes bureau.

Mr. Vanna said the suspect pawned the titles to a local businesswoman named Meng Mao, and then used the cash to pay for “happy drinks” while carousing in the capital.

“The suspect stole his aunt’s land titles to pawn for $2,500, and he then paid for happy drinks with girls in Phnom Penh,” he said.

Ms. Srey Nat filed a complaint with the Chbar Mon City police after becoming suspicious of her nephew, Mr. Vanna said, adding that Ms. Mao would not be arrested because she did not know the titles were stolen.

Chbar Mon City police chief Oun Heang said Mr. Chheang had previously stolen and pawned his mother’s cow.

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