Poipet City Woman Charged for Spreading Rumors

A woman who was arrested last week for spreading rumors that the governor of Poipet City was set to be replaced by a local military officer was charged with attempted fraud by the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court on Friday, officials said.

Try Nat Baraing, 45, was detained by military police on January 26 for telling locals that Poipet City governor Ngor Mengchruon would soon be replaced by Ork Sophan, a local land dealer and lieutenant colonel in the military.

Ms. Nat Baraing also claimed to be the second cousin of Prime Minister Hun Sen, military police said. Long Cheap, deputy prosecutor at the provincial court, said Ms. Nat Baraing was charged and released Sunday.

“We decided to charge her with attempted fraud following the Criminal Code,” Mr. Cheap said, adding that the case would be sent to the investigating judge.

“That lady was released but is still under court supervision,” he said.

Chum Sokhoeun, chief of the provincial military police’s crime suppression office, said that it was possible that there would not be enough evidence to convict Ms. Nat Baraing.

“But I believe next time she will stop doing that,” he said.

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