The Disappearance and Death of Dave Walker
SONNY CHHOUN and DAVE WALKER'S BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP: THE "CHICKEN FARM"
SONNY CHHOUN, was Dave Walker's
Cambodian business partner and creative collaborator. Chhoun is an actor and film
and documentary production "fixer" based in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
He and his wife live in and operate an enormous restaurant on Siem Reap's Airport Road,
(National Road #6, No. 308, 200m west of Caltex Station , Group 18, Tapul
Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap 855, Cambodia.)
The "Chicken Farm"
In the end no chickens were raised on the "farm." Shortly after Sonny Chhoun and Dave Walker formed Kuok Snuol Brothers Co. Ltd., while Dave Walker was away visiting in Canada between August and November 2012, Chhoun withdrew most of the $20,000 from the Kuok Snuol Co. bank account in cash increments ranging from $1,000 to $3,500. [Exhibit 2: Bank Account Statement] By December 2012, only $545 remained of Walker's $20,000 investment while not even a feather of a chicken had been produced. Subsequently, Chhoun has been vague on how the money was spent, at one point claiming that the $20,000 was spent on a payment to his wife's family for a twenty-year lease on the parcel of land located two-hours outside of Siem Reap in a remote corner of Cambodia. When challenged that a similar parcel of land could be purchased outright for a few hundred dollars in such a remote part of Cambodia, Chhoun then stated that the money was for corporate "start up" expenses.
When Walker returned to Cambodia
in late November 2012 there was no evidence that a conflict arose
between him and Chhoun over the spent money nor is
there any evidence
that Chhoun spent the money without Walker's knowledge. Walker and
Chhoun appeared to remain friends and continued to work together on the script for
The Poorest Man. Walker, however, became very closed-mouth about
the "chicken farm" and when asked how it was going, would simply reply,
"It did not work out" without elaborating further.