Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
A MOVIE producer, charged with defrauding a woman of US$15,000 last year to launch his business, was released yesterday after almost five months in detention on condition that he pays back the money plus $5,000 in compensation.
Mon Samnang, a 27-year-old a producer and actor at the Phnom Sorsai Sak Cinema Company, was arrested and charged with fraud last December. He was held in detention, until the complaint against him was dropped yesterday.
It had been alleged the producer had borrowed money from his friend, 25-year-old Buth Botum Srey Neang, and refused to pay her back, presiding judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court Chaing Sinath said in court yesterday.
Buth Botum Srey Neang also claimed in court last week that in addition to borrowing her money, Mon Samnang also tried to have sex with her, but she refused because he was married.
The judge added that Mon Samnang was arrested at his house in the Tuol Kork village of Tuol Sangke commune in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district, after the victim filed a complaint with police.
“Mon Samnang was accused and charged with defrauding Buth Botum Srey Neang out of money in 2010. He borrowed money from her to do his own cinema business but he did not return it to her as promised,” Chaing Sinath said.
“The plaintiff has withdrawn her complaint against him. The suspect has also agreed to return the money he borrowed and pay compensation to the plaintiff, so the court decided to drop the charges against him and release him,” she added.