NY lawmaker, former diplomat face fraud charges in Cambodia

AP News
Posted: Jul 02, 2016 3:55 PM

PHNOM PENH (AP) — A New York state assemblyman and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations are among four people facing fraud charges in Cambodia.

Republican Assemblyman William Nojay, former ambassador Sichan Siv and two others are accused of obtaining a $1 million investment for their rice-exporting company, then shutting the company down.

The Khmer Times reports that court proceedings are scheduled to begin Monday. The other two defendants are Richer San, a Cambodian-American community leader, and Thomas Willens, former head of a non-profit in Cambodia.

Lawyers for the defendants have denied the allegations.

Nojay tells the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester (http://on.rocne.ws/29p6AM6 ) he expects to be exonerated.

A call to Nojay's district office near Rochester was not returned.

Siv served as ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.