Hotel staff arrested for alleged six million pataca cheque fraud

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Issue 546, Page 5
Word count: 364
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Judiciary Police (PJ) apprehended a hotel staff who allegedly stolen two cheques from a guest in his hotel room and attempted to cash in six million patacas in total.

The police spokesman Chau Wai Kuong said yesterday a 45-year-old shareholder, from Hong Kong, of a local gaming room reported to the PJ on November 22 that two of the cheques from his cheque book left in his hotel room in MGM Grand Macau were stolen.

The victim told police he received a call from the bank two days ago saying that two cheques signed by him were bounced because of insufficient funds in the account.

Afterwards he went back to his hotel room and found that around October two blank cheques were gone, whilst the cheque stubs were still attached to the cheque book.

Mr Chau said police investigation found the cheques were signed by a fake signature in the name of the victim, and were also endorsed by the payee when he was trying to cash the cheques at the bank.

The endorsement showed the payee’s phone number and name.

MGM Grand was requested to provide details of every staff who could have access to the hotel room, and one of them had the same name as the one in the endorsement, Mr Chau said.

The hotel staff, a 26-year-old Malaysian Chinese who worked in MGM for four months with a blue card, was intercepted by police on December 1 at work.

Mr Chau said the suspect admitted to police the allegations.

The man said he first tried to cash in a four million pataca cheque on November 3 but failed as the account only had about two million patacas.

The call from the bank at that time had already aroused suspicion of the victim as he had never drawn the cheque.

On November 18 the suspect tried to cash two million patacas using another stolen cheque but did not succeed again, which convinced the victim that his missing cheques were misused and hence he called the PJ.

The suspect was sent to the Public Prosecutions Office and will be charged with aggravated theft, huge sum fraud and counterfeit special values documents.

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