Gambling scam cheats businessman out of 3.5 million yuan

Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Issue 455, Page 2
Word count: 262
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Two of the four men who allegedly cheated a Hong Konger out of 3.5 million yuan in a gambling scam in Macau in July were arrested by the Public Security Police (PSP) this week.

The 57-year-old businessman from Hong Kong, police spokesman Pun Sio Tong said, was told by one of the suspects who was believed to be holding a Hong Kong identity card, to go to Macau for a business meeting.

The two men that were arrested, 40-year-old Guo and 38-year-old Yang both from the mainland, were intercepted by the PSP on the afternoon of August 31 in the Border Gate and the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal respectively.

The other two suspects are still on the run, Mr Pun said.

Guo admitted to police that he and other three men had set up a gambling scam in a hotel in Macau’s central district on July 10 in which his role was to pretend to be a rich businessman from Singapore.

The suspect also told police he only knew the three men the day before in Macau and thus he only received a small share of HK$10,000, which Mr Pun said police was not convinced as HK$220,000 of cash was seized from him.

Another suspect Yang also had about HK$23,000 of cash on him, police said.

The Hong Kong man reported to the PSP on July 11, saying he suspected that he was being cheated and had signed a debt receipt of 3.5 million yuan which was later retrieved from Guo.

The two mainland suspects were sent to the Public Prosecutions Office.

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