Official’s Son Arrested for Stealing, Pawning Car

The 35-year-old son of a Kandal provincial official was arrested on Monday after he borrowed a friend’s car and fraudulently pawned it at NagaWorld casino for $12,000, police and the car owner said Tuesday.

Vorn Davin, the son of Kandal tax department director Teav Savoeun—who also claims to be a personal assistant to Prime Minister Hun Sen—is accused of borrowing a Lexus SUV belonging to a friend, Tal Chhorn, on the night of May 11.

He then immediately pawned the car at NagaWorld for gambling money, according to Mr. Chhorn, who is the deputy chief of the Finance Ministry’s resettlement department.

“I tried to telephone this person for several days, and when I reached him, I asked him, ‘Where is my car?’ He told me that he deposited it at NagaWorld for $12,000,” Mr. Chhorn said.

Mr. Chhorn borrowed money to redeem his car and filed complaints against his erstwhile friend with the Ministry of Interior and the police in Chamkar Mon district’s Tonle Bassac commune, where NagaWorld is located, but to no effect.

Finally, on Monday, he tracked down the offender outside Prey Sar prison, where Mr. Davin was visiting a friend he had met last year while serving time on previous fraud charges. Along with two relatives he had brought along for the occasion, Mr. Chhorn grabbed Mr. Davin when he exited the prison, hustled him onto a motorbike, and drove him directly to the Tonle Bassac police station.

Commune police chief Sok Sam Uth confirmed the arrest and said Mr. Davin had been taken into custody and sent to district police for questioning.

“The car’s owner arrested Davin and handed this person over to our authorities yesterday [Monday] afternoon,” he said.

Chamkar Mon district deputy police chief Heang Thareth said that after Mr. Davin was questioned he would be sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today to face charges of fraud.

Contacted Tuesday, Mr. Savoeun, the tax official, said he had disowned his son more than 10 years ago due to the young man’s bad behavior.

“I will not intervene to release my son because I tried to educate him many times but he did not listen to me as a father, so I should let the court manage him following the law,” he said.

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