An abbess in a Hong Kong Buddhist monastery and a monk have been arrested by immigration authorities on suspicion of sham marriage.
The arrests came a day after Chi Ding, who runs the Hong Kong Ting Wai Monastery, was accused by a temple director of financial misconduct.
Mary Jean Reimer, a former actress who sits on the board of the Tai Po nunnery, told a news conference Tuesday that Chi had mishandled donations and lived an extravagant lifestyle.
Wen Wei Po earlier reported that Chi had been married to two monks who got their Hong Kong identity cards as a result of the marriage.
Chi was arrested with her alleged second husband, Ru Zhi, by more than a dozen immigration officers who raided the monastery on Wednesday.
The officers seized various evidence during the four-hour operation, including certificates of marriage and divorce issued by mainland authorities, notarial documents, acknowledgements of application for a Hong Kong ID and diplomas from a Buddhist college.
Another nun was arrested after her domestic helper allegedly breached her visa, according to i-Cable.
Chi, Ru and the unnamed second nun were released on bail after being held for several hours.
The domestic helper remains in custody.
Chi and Ru were ordered to report back to the Immigration Department next Tuesday.
A senior official said investigations are continuing and more arrests could come.
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