Date
18 December 2017
The suspect allegedly enticed fellow officers to a get-rich-quick-scheme involving iPhone 5s sales in the black market. Photo: Bloomberg, store.apple.com
The suspect allegedly enticed fellow officers to a get-rich-quick-scheme involving iPhone 5s sales in the black market. Photo: Bloomberg, store.apple.com

Policeman held over iPhone fraud on fellow officers

A 37-year-old Hong Kong policeman has been arrested for alleged fraud involving an iPhone scheme.

The constable, surnamed Kwan, allegedly promised a group of fellow officers a quick profit from trading the device when it was still not available in Hong Kong, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Kwan claimed he had relatives and friends in the US who could ship more than 40 units of the iPhone 5s which could be resold in Hong Kong’s black market.

The officers gave him HK$235,000 (US$30,308) to buy the phones but never received them, the report said.

The incident took place last year but was reported only in January to senior officers who decided to investigate.

The case is being handled by the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau under the “evasion of liability by deception” ordinance.

Kwan has been suspended.

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